Cardiff City and Aston Villa are both interested in signing Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, according to The Sun.

The 25-year-old has spent this season on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship and Steve Bruce is keen to sign him on a permanent basis. However, their chances of signing him look likely to depend on if they are promoted to the top flight.

Villa play Fulham next weekend in the Championship Play-Off final for a place in the Premier League next season. Johnstone, who has been a key player for Bruce this season, is expected to play for them at Wembley as per usual.

Cardiff City are also keen on signing him in the summer. The Bluebirds already have a place in the top flight for next season after an impressive campaign under Neil Warnock. They are in the hunt for a new goalkeeper to provide competition for Neil Etheridge and to give them more goalkeeping options.

Sam Johnstone has played 45 games for Villa this season. He rose through the youth ranks at Manchester United as a youngster but has never made a senior appearance for the Red Devils. He has however had loan spells out at Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Preston North End and now Villa.

Johnstone’s career path looks like it will depend on next week’s Championship Play-Off final. A win for Villa could mean that his future lies there, but Cardiff will be waiting if they are to lose to Fulham.


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