Crystal Palace beat the competition to free agent goalkeeper

20 June 2022 0 By Total Football News

 

Premier League outfit Crystal Palace have, on Monday, confirmed a fresh addition to the club’s goalkeeping ranks.

The shot-stopper set to take his talents to Selhurst Park with a view to the 2022/23 campaign? Sam Johnstone.

Eagles fans will of course be fully aware of the long-standing links between their side and England international Johnstone. This comes with word having first come to the fore regarding negotiations over a summer move to the club a full month ago.

The 29-year-old is fresh off another fine campaign in the Championship, which saw him impress between the posts despite West Bromwich Albion’s ultimately disappointing mid-table finish.

In turn, upon Johnstone making clear his intention to move on upon the expiration of his contract later this month, it came as little surprise to see a number of top-flight clubs quickly express an interest in his signature.

Crystal Palace beat the competition to free agent goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Aaron Ramsdale, Jordan Pickford and Sam Johnstone look on as they walk out of the tunnel to warm up prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

It is Palace, though, who have since swooped in decisive fashion.

As per a report from The Athletic, the capital outfit have struck an agreement with Johnstone over the terms of a contract, through the summer of 2026.

The ex-Manchester United talent, in turn, is primed to link up with Patrick Vieira’s squad for pre-season towards the end of the month.

Johnstone is expected to immediately stake his claim for the no.1 position at Selhurst Park, ahead of a battle with current first-choice Vicente Guaita for starting duties.

Jack Butland, as a result, looks set to slip down to the Eagles’ 3rd-choice option between the posts.

 

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