Manchester United to trigger contract extension in Sam Johnstone’s deal to raise transfer fee – report

by Harry Robinson

Manchester United will trigger a clause in goalkeeper Sam Johnstone’s contract to extend his deal by a further year in hope of increasing the Englishman’s transfer fee this summer.

Johnstone is currently on loan at Championship side Aston Villa for a second consecutive season, and the Villains are desperate to sign 24-year-old on a permanent deal.

Steve Bruce, a Man United great, is the current manager at Villa Park, and has spoken of how Johnstone settled well and impressed.

ClubCall report on Thursday that United included a 12-month renewal clause in Johnstone’s contract, which he signed last year, knowing that it may help them increase his transfer fee in future.

Despite his obvious ability, due to the sheer strength in depth at United in the goalkeeping department, Johnstone will struggle to ever make it at Old Trafford. He’s yet to make a first-team appearance, despite regular chances in pre-season friendlies and a long list of loan moves in the past five years.

As well as at Villa Park, Johnston notably impressed while on loan at Preston North End. He’s also had spells at Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers.

Johnstone’s current deal runs out next summer, which means he’d be free to leave Old Trafford to Villa Park and United would get no transfer fee whatsoever.

His form at Villa is attracting interest from other clubs in the Championship and elsewhere, and United reportedly think that they can get close to £5million from Aston Villa, who have not hid their desire to bring the 24-year-old on a permanent deal.

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