Arsenal are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper this summer and West Bromwich Albion star Sam Johnstone is reportedly one of the names on Edu and Mikel Arteta’s wish list.
The Gunners are trying really hard to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United this summer. The Englishman, as widely publicised by the media, is our number one goalkeeping target, but the Blades’ £30 million asking price is proving to be a problem. (Read more)
Arsenal remain keen on Ramsdale, but we have other options as well. One of them is Johnstone, who was arguably West Brom’s most impressive player in the Premier League last season.
Sky Sports revealed that Arsenal are interested in Johnstone, while The Athletic claimed that he’s available for just £12 million. Baggies boss Valerian Ismael hinted earlier this week that the goalkeeper is likely to leave West Brom, but his tune has since changed.
Ismael makes transfer U-turn on Arsenal-linked Sam Johnstone
Ismael first told Birmingham Mail: “It is too early for (Johnstone) to play. He needs some time to clear up his situation. We will have some talks in the next few days but, at the minute, it’s important to focus on the players who are available and have had a great pre-season so far.”
The new West Brom manager has now said, as per Express & Star: “Sam is still here, he came back early from his holiday – which is a sign. I have spoken with him and the feeling is that Sam is happy to be back, for sure. We know the situation with him, but he’s given another feeling. You can see he is a big professional, he has a big focus.
“His expectation was that he would leave. My expectation, I was told, it was likely he would leave. But now it’s a new situation. We will start the season and for me, it is clear to see which player wants to be part of the process with us. Sam has made a clear statement.
“We know something could still happen, anything can happen in football in a transfer window. But you can see in training he is committed to the squad, you see it in his attitude, his positivity. It’s great to see that, this is important. He said I am here, I want to play. He is here, he is clearly committed to us.”
There’s just under four weeks left in the transfer window and a lot can still happen. Although Johnstone, labelled as ‘brilliant‘ by Sam Allardyce, is committed to West Brom, he’ll surely be up for a move if we offer him one, but it’s clear that he’s not our priority.