Man United ready to let Sam Johnstone leave on permanent deal

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United could complete another transfer deal soon as the club is willing to listen to offers from clubs to sign goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a permanent basis after the arrival of former Barcleona man Victor Valdes pushed him further down the pecking order.

Johnstone, now 21, is one of the few remaining from the 2011 Youth Cup winning side but was recently recalled from a loan spell at Doncaster in order to join Preston, with a view to a permanent move.

Valdes’ arrival means Johnstone is currently fifth choice behind Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos, but the duo are also expected to leave Old Trafford by at least the summer.

At 21, Johnstone needs game to fulfil his clear talent but won’t get the chances that were afforded to the likes of Ben Foster due to the superb form of David de Gea.

Foster was given a fair chance during periods when Edwin van der Sar was injured but even if De Gea should pick up an injury, Valdes is now ready to step in.

Lindegaard wasn’t even used against Yeovil Town and it appears Louis van Gaal has more faith in Valdes as he prepares to rest De Gea for the first time this season against Cambridge United on Friday night.

It will be a blow to the Dane to see his manager clearly put his trust in someone else when he wasn’t even picked against either Yeovil or MK Dons and he could be set to leave as soon as possible with Joel Castro Pereira ready to fill the number three spot.

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