West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has been linked with a move to Arsenal, who could be willing to pay £20m for his services, according to the Daily Star.
The Lowdown: West Brom look towards 2021/22 with intrigue
Moving into 2021/22, the Baggies will be looking to assemble a squad capable of regaining promotion to the Premier League following their relegation last term.
Finally making inroads in the transfer market under Valerien Ismael, the West Midlands club completed their first summer signing in the form of Alex Mowatt this week [BBC].
However, another key component of future success will be their ability to hold onto prize assets at The Hawthorns. Could they now be set to lose one of their star men in the near future following recent reports?
Should West Brom sell Johnstone for £20 million?
The Latest: Arsenal interested in Sam Johnstone
Arsenal are said to be readying a move for West Brom goalkeeper Johnstone ahead of the forthcoming campaign, with the Gunners also interested in Sheffield United number one Aaron Ramsdale [Daily Star].
Despite that latter interest, a move for the 28-year-old now looks more feasible due to the Baggies’ openness to do a deal for around £20m.
The England international has also attracted attention from another London club in West Ham United in recent times [football.london].
The Verdict: Losing Johnstone would be a blow
Losing Johnstone may be perceived as a major blow to West Brom on first viewing. He made 37 league appearances for the Baggies last season; achieving six clean sheets within this timeframe and missing only one top-flight match [Transfermarkt].
Receiving apt reward for his contributions, he was named in England’s 26-man Euro 2020 squad at the start of June [Birmingham Mail]. Owing to his shot-stopping capabilities, Johnstone was also once labelled as ‘magnificent’ by former Baggies manager Sam Allardyce [talkSPORT].
Always likely to invite attention, any sanctioned sale would not come as an enormous surprise due to his contractual situation. Unlikely to sign a new deal in the Midlands, his current agreement will expire in 12 months’ time [Transfermarkt].
Should they receive the quoted £20m in exchange for his signature, West Brom would have plenty of financial resources to secure an adequate replacement for Johnstone if he makes the move to the Gunners.
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