By Danny Wright
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has allowed Sam Johnstone to join Aston Villa for another season, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the 24-year-old will return to Villa Park in the summer after the Premier League giants’ manager Jose Mourinho sanctioned a second deal with the West Midlands club.
Steve Bruce will be forced to make use of the loan market in the summer having being told he will have to make do with just a £1million transfer budget.
It is understood that Villa have lost £81.3million over the course of the last three seasons, which is just shy of the £83million Financial Fair Play limit.
The Championship underachievers could be bit hard if they were to break the FFP regulations and could be docked points or denied access to the Premier League if they secure promotion.
Bruce will have to sell existing members of his squad if he wishes to buy new recruits on permanent deals, which could have a big effect on their chances of returning to the top-flight at the second time of asking.
However the acquisition of Johnstone is a big boost to the Villains, as the shot-stopper impressed since signing on loan in January.
He made 22 appearances in Bruce’s squad, keeping eight clean sheets as he helped arrest the club’s slump and guide them away from a relegation battle.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s mixed news for Bruce and Villa fans because it’s great that they are able to get Johnstone again, but at the same time the £1million transfer budget could have a major impact on what happens next season. The Villans will be aiming for promotion to the Premier League but if they can’t do a lot to improve the current squad, they could be set for another mid-table finish. There’s some high-value assets currently at Villa Park so Bruce might have to try and shift them on and make some money for him to invest elsewhere in his squad.
In other Aston Villa news, James Chester has urged Villa to sign this 24-year-old.