Manchester United have slapped a £6.5 million price tag on goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, according to The Sun.

The 24 year-old has been in fine form on loan at Aston Villa this season and is apparently keen on signing for them on a permanent deal in the summer. Manchester United will sell him at the right price and want £6.5 million for him.

With Aston Villa currently in the Play-Off positions and still in the hunt for automatic promotion to the Premier League, their chances of signing Johnstone may depend on whether they are promoted or not.

Johnstone has been at Manchester United since 2009 but has never forced his way into the first-team at Old Trafford. However, he has got bags of experience at Football League level from various loan spells out. He has had stints at Oldham Athletic, Walsall, Scunthorpe United, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Preston North End and now Aston Villa.

He has also played for England at U16, U17, U18 and U20 level. He first joined Aston Villa on loan in January 2017 and played for them for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. Villa boss Steve Bruce then signed him on a season-long loan for this campaign.

He has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Championship this season and has become a favourite at Villa Park. Aston Villa fans will be hoping they can sign him on a permanent deal in the summer but their owners will have to put their hands in their pockets in order to pay the hefty £6.5 million for him.


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