Sky Sports pundit Kevin Campbell believes that new West Bromwich Albion manager Valerien Ismael will use the sales of Matheus Pereira and Sam Johnstone to fund his summer recruitment drive [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: West Brom gear up for 2021/22
Looking towards 2021/22, many Baggies supporters will be desperate to see how the Hawthorns side re-structure following their unfortunate relegation from the Premier League last time out.
Getting busy in the transfer market, they have recently tied up a deal for ex-Barnsley captain Alex Mowatt [BBC].
Despite this positivity, former Everton striker Campbell believes that West Brom will have their hand forced into selling players to fund a rebuild.
Should West Brom sell Johnstone and Pereira?
The Latest: Campbell tips key Baggies duo to move on this summer
Speaking to Football Insider about the prospect of Pereira and Johnstone leaving, the Englishman did not hold back, stating: “I think Ismael has been told that he has to sell in order to buy and he will want to put his own stamp on that squad.
“If they can get £30million for the pair of them then I think they have done really well. It is achievable as well because they are both top players.
“Teams know that West Brom are not in a strong position after being relegated. Clubs know that they need to sell.
“I think think they will get decent offers though because Johnstone and Pereira are very decent players. Ismael needs money to be able to move and shake.” [Football Insider].
The Verdict: Squeeze every penny
Correctly, the ex-pro turned pundit points out that the West Midlands side would be able to recoup fairly generous fees for the pair due to their inherent qualities.
In 2020/21, Brazilian attacker Pereira was outstanding for his current employers, registering 18 goal contributions from 34 appearances [Transfermarkt].
As for Johnstone, he also faired well in the English top-flight, amassing 37 outings and keeping six clean sheets within the same timeframe [Transfermarkt].
Moving forward, West Brom should look to squeeze every penny out of sellable assets to fund a challenge for promotion this coming year.
In other news, West Brom are interested in a free agent striker.
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