West Brom: Sam Johnstone linked with Arsenal move
Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer, acting as a potential blow to the Baggies.
The Lowdown: Johnstone excels for Baggies
West Brom were relegated to the Championship last season, but one player who stood out was Johnstone, who was a strong performer between the sticks.
The 28-year-old started 37 of his side’s 38 Premier League games and his form saw him named in England’s Euro 2020 squad.
There is of course going to be plenty of interest in Johnstone this summer, however, meaning the Baggies could find it difficult to keep hold of one of their most prized assets.
The Latest: Arsenal keen on goalkeeper
According to Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth [via The Daily Mail], Arsenal are interested in acquiring the Englishman’s signature.
The Gunners view him as an option to come in and provide competition for Bernd Leno, with other individuals also being considered, such as Aaron Ramsdale.
The Verdict: Hard to keep hold of him
In an ideal world, Johnstone would stay put at the Hawthorns and aid West Brom’s promotion charge next season, but that is looking unlikely.
The ‘keeper will believe he belongs in the Premier League, so for that reason, supporters may have to accept that he will move on this summer.
Losing Johnstone would be an undoubted blow, considering he made more saves (166) than any other ‘keeper in the top flight last season, so the Baggies must play hard to get and ensure they get the biggest fee possible if he departs, allowing more funds for Valérien Ismaël to rebuild his side.
In other news, West Brom are reportedly eyeing up a summer move for a Premier League player. Find out who it is here.