Glen Johnson’s contract expires at the end of this season, and his run of poor performances suggest that he will not be offered a new deal.
Somewhat derided in his homeland, the English international has made 192 appearances for the Reds since arriving at Anfield, although he has been in and out of the first team this season. 20 games to his name have brought one goal, and a series of performances that have done little to prove that his defensive ability is still top class.
At the age of 30, it is likely that Johnson’s next move when his contract expires will be the last big-money transfer of his career. Despite not impressing on Merseyside, any number of lower-end Premier League clubs would be wise to make a move for Johnson if their budgets would allow as he represents an experienced choice for a upper level full-back.
Roma, Milan and Internazionale have all shown an interest in Johnson, as per the Daily Mail, but it is the latest interested party which has raised the most eyebrows.
As indicated by Spanish media outlet El Confidencial, La Liga giants Real Madrid are intending to move for Johnson in the summer, signing him for free as a replacement for Fabio Coentrao, who looks set to leave the Bernabeu. Alvaro Arbeloa’s contract expires at the end of next season, whilst Dani Carvajal has yet to find consistency in his performances, and club president Florentino Perez is said to be a great fan of Johnson.
Johnson has shown consistency, although with a lack of real ability in the last few years, but he would certainly be a good back-up option for Madrid.
If Madrid feel that the 30-year-old is good enough, maybe Liverpool will reverse their decision, and look to offer the ageing right-back a new contract in the coming weeks.