Date: 7th March 2018 at 9:47am
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Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone wants to agree a permanent deal with Aston Villa, according to a report.

The Irish Sun claims that Johnstone, 24, had his deal extended by 12 months by United last week, but the Premier League giants are willing to cash in on the £6.5million-valued shot-stopper for the right price.

It is understood that Jose Mourinho is yet to tell Johnstone his future plans for him, but the former England Under-20 international had decided that he wants a future at Villa Park with his loan deal due to expire at the end of the season.

Johnstone, who is said to earn £25,000-a-week on his Man United deal, has been in stunning form for Aston Villa this season.

He has made 34 appearances in all competitions, playing every minute of the West Midlands club’s Championship campaign where he has kept 15 clean sheets.

The former Walsall and Doncaster goalkeeper has never made a senior appearance for Man United and it seems that he never will if he gets his wish in the summer.

Football Insider verdict

Johnstone has been one of the best signings that Steve Bruce has made at Villa Park. When he arrived from Old Trafford on loan in January 2017, he played a large part in helping the West Midlands club avoid a relegation battle in the Championship with an impressive string of performances. This season the 24-year-old has been equally as good, despite links with a move to local rivals West Brom in January. £6.5million will be a lot of money for Villa to spend to get Johnstone, so it may depend on whether they earn promotion to the Premier League this term.

In other Aston Villa news, this £35,000-a-week Villa star could have his wages double in the summer.

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