Arsenal are reportedly turning their attentions to West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, according to The Daily Star.
It has been reported that the Gunners are eyeing a move for a goalkeeper to challenge Bernd Leno for his starting spot heading into the 2021/22 campaign.
Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale has been their first-choice target for most of the summer transfer window so far, but they could switch their attentions to an alternative, with the Blades keen to keep hold of the former Bournemouth youngster.
Johnstone is seemingly Arsenal’s alternative transfer target this month, with the England international making a good impression during the 2020/21 season.
The shot-stopper made 37 appearances in total for the Baggies last term, but his efforts were unable to stop them from being relegated back into the Championship after one season back in the top-flight.
The Daily Star claim that West Brom are willing to sell Johnstone this summer for a fee of £20million, which would save Arsenal £5million, with Sheffield United not willing to move Ramsdale on until their valuation of £25million is met.
West Brom are set to get their new league campaign underway on Friday 6th August, when they take on AFC Bournemouth in what is likely to be a tricky test for the Baggies.
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You can understand Arsenal’s thinking with this potential agreement.
Sheffield United are evidently keen to keep hold of Aaron Ramsdale, and so it makes sense for the Gunners to turn their attention to an alternative target.
Johnstone was a rare bright spark in a disappointing league campaign last term with West Brom, and you would imagine that he’ll be tempted by a move to the Emirates Stadium, with the prospect of playing Premier League football being too good of an opportunity to turn down ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
West Brom will surely know that they’re fighting a losing battle to keep Johnstone at the club moving forwards this summer.