Manchester United demand £6.5m to let 24-year-old leave Old Trafford

Manchester United are prepared to sanction the permanent sale of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone during the summer, provided their £6.5m asking price is met by any of the potential suitors.

The 24-year-old rejoined Aston Villa on a season-long loan last summer, and he has since kept 15 clean sheets, which have encouraged the Villains to consider a permanent move for his signature.

According to The Sun, manager Steve Bruce is very much keen on the agreement, but the deal could rely on whether the Villains managed to return to the Premier League next term.

The west Midlands club have been one of the in-form clubs since the turn of the year, and they are presently four points off the automatic promotion spots with just 11 games left during the campaign.

Should this not be the case, Johnstone could potentially wait on potential bids from Premier League clubs, capable of offering him the regular gametime, he craves for in the top-flight.

Johnstone’s departure is unlikely to leave much of a void in the United ranks with Joel Pereira having presumed the position of the third-choice goalkeeper since the backend of last season.

The 21-year-old has been tipped by Jose Mourinho to become one of Portugal’s best in the future, and he could potentially succeed David de Gea in the long-run.

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