Arsenal want to sign Sam Johnstone this summer - David Ornstein
Arsenal have approached West Brom with an enquiry about the availability of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer, according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein.
The London outfit are looking for an adept number two after Emiliano Martinez’s departure as Mat Ryan and Alex Runarsson have both proven to be incapable understudies to Bernd Leno.
Arsenal would probably have to shell out a fee north of £10million if they are to secure the services of the 28-year-old.
The Athletic journalist, via his Twitter account, reported the Gunners’ interest while Tottenham are also keen and West Ham have seen a bid rejected for the England shot-stopper.
Interest heating up
With only one year left on his deal, it’s unlikely that we have too much negotiating power in this scenario and should he force the club’s hand, they could be compelled into letting him go for less than his valuation.
He looks certain to leave the Hawthorns this summer for a move to the Premier League and the interest in services only seems to be heating up.
Despite playing for a team that was fighting relegation all season before eventually facing the drop, Johnstone was one of the few names that stood out for us.
Slaven Bilic, in an interview with The Sun, referred to him as ‘terrific’.
It’s better that we drum up the interest in his services and try to get a fee of £10million in exchange for his services. With one year left on his deal, he’s certainly worth that amount and could be more should we still have been in the Premier League.
Saying no to a club like Arsenal would be hard for Johnstone and given his performances and Leno’s rather shaky displays who could stake a claim for a first-team berth ahead of the German.
While it would be a huge blow losing a keeper of his quality, he’s earned himself the move and if the transfer goes through this summer we wish him the best of luck.
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