On Aston Villa’s current form, it is hard to imagine Sam Johnstone playing for Steve Bruce next season.
The Sun have reported that Manchester United want £6.5 million if they are to sell the loaned out goalkeeper this summer – and an Aston Villa side restricted by Financial Fair Play regulations could only afford to pay a fee like that if they are promoted at the end of this season.
A place in the play-offs is almost guaranteed, but momentum is key as the old saying goes. And the 3-1 defeat to Norwich City on Saturday means Villa have won just one of their last five games, losing three.
So if Aston Villa are forced to stay in the Championship for a third straight season, they might need another goalkeeper. And it seems that Feyenoord’s veteran Australian Brad Jones would be one name in the frame to replace the impressive Johnstone.
The Mirror claimed last month that Bruce had sent scouts to watch the former Liverpool and Middlesbrough man. But while Jones was excellent as Feyenoord won a first Eredivisie title since 1999 last season, his form has dipped massively this season.
And the 36-year-old continued a run of shaky form with a dreadful mistake against FC Twente at the weekend, trying and failing to pass round Adam Maher, who nabbed the ball and rolled it into the open goal.
Losing Johnstone and replacing him with an ageing, error-prone goalkeeper would not go down too well at Villa Park.
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