Kevin Phillips: West Brom could get £40m for Johnstone and Pereira
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Kevin Phillips predicts West Brom to pocket around £40million for Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira this summer.
Johnstone, 28, played so well last season that he found himself as England’s second-choice goalkeeper as they reached the final of the European Championships this summer.
Pereira, 25, was the star of Albion’s attack despite their relegation, scoring 11 goals and supplying six assists in his 33 Premier League appearances last term.
Both high-value players have been linked with moves away from The Hawthorns and new manager Valerien Ismael has admitted that he expects they will leave [Shropshire Star].
Ex-West Brom striker Phillips also feels as though Johnstone and Pereira could be sold this summer but if they do end up leaving the Black Country, he expects Ismael’s transfer budget to be boosted by a huge amount.
Speaking to West Brom News, Super Kev said: “Johnstone’s stock has risen incredibly and Pereira came good towards the end of last season as he chipped in with goals.
“I would say Johnstone’s going to be worth £20million-plus and I think Pereira’s going to be close to £20million.
“They could get £40million for the pair. Whoever takes them will be getting good players.”
West Brom have signed two new players since the end of last season with Ismael bringing in midfielder Alex Mowatt on a free transfer and centre-back Matt Clarke, who arrived on loan from Brighton on Tuesday.
If Johnstone and Pereira are sold, there’s no doubt that Ismael will find it far easier to add some real quality to this Albion side ahead of next season and improve the club’s chances of an instant return to the Premier League.
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