Steve Bruce, former Manchester United legend as a player, is ready to come back to Old Trafford and this time as Aston Villa manager in order to purchase third choice goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a permanent basis for an estimate worth of around £3 million.
Johnstone is currently at Villa on loan and has impressed his manager Bruce to a great extent which has also led to positive attraction from clubs like Bournemouth, Sunderland and Everton. Former Hull boss has opened talks with the Red Devils and hopes to convince Mourinho to let go off Sam as soon as possible.
The keeper was the new manager’s first signing in January and he desperately wants the 24 year old to sign a permanent deal before the arrival of the summer. Johnstone is highly regarded by Mourinho and his staff at Manchester United but the promise of being a long term number 1 at Villa could be a deal worthy enough of luring the keeper away from the Theatre of Dreams.
Bruce was caught saying, “Everyone agrees that Sam needed to go and play football. The difference between him now and three months ago is there for all to see.”
He concluded by adding, “If there’s an opportunity that we can get him to play more next season I would love to do it.”
David De Gea and Sergio Romero currently occupy the first and second choice keeper roles at Manchester United and Sam might be forced to wait a long time to reach where he wishes to at the club.