Johnson, at just 22 is one of the most highly rated youngsters in England and is tipped for future full England honours. Interest in the player has been high with Chelsea, Sunderland and Wolves all having had discussions with Middlesbrough over the youngster, yet City look to be the team Johnson will join after constructive talks between the two clubs. It is believed Chelsea is still monitoring the situation closely and City is keen to conclude the deal as soon as possible. The England under 21 International is out of contract in the summer and despite denials from Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan that he will not be sold in January, a deal is looking closer and closer as the player has asked for permission to speak to Manchester City.
Johnson has seemingly become disillusioned with life at Middlesbrough after the sacking of Gareth Southgate and their stalling promotion challenge. Furthermore Johnson would benefit from a large pay rise from City’s enormous wealth. Having only last week had a £5 million bid rejected by Middlesbrough, The Eastlands club are believed to rate Johnson highly and have returned with a significantly improved offer.
The Sunderland born winger would bolster Manchester City’s wide positions with the departure of Robinho back to Brazil. With Johnson’s ability to play on the left or right City manager Roberto Mancini believes he can provide competition to established first team players such as Bellamy and Petrov.
Is there any substance to this and should this rumour Fly or Die?