Nottingham Forest would do business for Brennan Johnson this summer if the price was right. Brentford bid £30 million yesterday for the 22-year-old and that is someway short of the club’s valuation.
In the modern era, with financial fair play hanging over the club, every single player will have their price. According to The Times, it will take at least £55 million to tempt Forest into the sale of Johnson.
The 2022/23 campaign was a strong one for the player. Prior to the World Cup, he did struggle a little bit, but he still ended the campaign with nine goals in all competitions for the Reds.
Johnson is Forest through and through. He cut a delighted figure on the pitch after the game against Crystal Palace on the final day of the season and he won’t fancy walking away now.
Nor do Forest have any remote intentions of actively seeking to sell Johnson this summer. Brentford’s bid yesterday was frankly offensive and is miles apart from the valuation that Forest have.
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Johnson has grown as a player over the last three seasons. He spent the 2020/21 campaign with Lincoln and during 2021/22 he scored 19 goals as Forest won promotion to the Premier League.
Forest would do business for Johnson at £55 million
It’s highly unlikely that Forest will be selling Johnson this summer. The Reds will want to build a team around the player and it’s not expected that Johnson will have any desire to leave.
At 22-years-old, Johnson’s stock will continue to rise. If he was to score another 10 goals next season, for example, the Reds would feel confident in asking for even more from interested parties.
Johnson is vitally important to the Reds’ fortunes. Losing him this summer is unfathomable and it wouldn’t be a popular decision among the club’s supporters, regardless of the finances involved.
Everton, Aston Villa and West Ham are also interested. If the Hammers sell Declan Rice they would be able to afford the Forest man but it’s highly unlikely they will part with £55 million.