Nottingham Forest are now considering the sale of Brennan Johnson, with the player seemingly holding a desire to leave. Aston Villa are the best-placed club to sign the 22-year-old who is valued at around £40 million.
According to the Daily Mail, the Reds would be willing to do business if an initial fee is made that matches their valuation. It’s also claimed that Johnson has suggested via his representatives that he’d like to leave.
Villa are making waves in the transfer market this summer. They’ve geared up for their UEFA Conference League campaign by signing Youri Tielemans from Leicester and Pau Torres from Villarreal.
Forest star Johnson is next on the list for Unai Emery. He’s keen to add another winger to his ranks and the forward is firmly on the radar following an impressive maiden season in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old scored eight times in the top flight for the Reds. Johnson did find himself out of the reckoning a little bit towards the end of the campaign, however, with Forest’s form picking up.
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He didn’t start the games against Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal as Forest claimed four points. In fairness, they should have taken something from the game against Liverpool, scoring twice before Johnson was introduced.
Forest now considering Johnson sale
This would be massively disappointing but ultimately, it might be a case of needs must. Forest will have FFP watching over them, whilst Johnson might now have a desire to play European football.
A fee of £40 million does seem cheap. That is one bit of the article that Forest supporters will hope is wrong, given that the same publication previously said that £50 million was Johnson’s valuation.
Still, there is never usually smoke without fire. As a result, Forest now appear to be weighing up the big decision to sell Johnson and the hope will be that a replacement can be sought quickly.