Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson has confirmed that he has been contacted regarding a move abroad in the near future, having been allowed to talk with other clubs since this January.
The ex-Chelsea man has been unceremoniously ousted from his starting XI berth at Anfield, and with his contract set to conclude at the end of the season there’s been much speculation over where it is he will end up next season.
The man himself, as relayed by the Daily Express, has now made it clear that he hasn’t sat down with Liverpool yet to attempt to thrash out an extension. This means it’s looking likely he will be moving elsewhere, and it seems a move overseas isn’t off the cards.
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"No talks [with Liverpool]. At this point I have no idea (where I will be next season). I haven't thought about it."
However, when pressed on his options regarding a move abroad, he said: "There are talks.
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"It would be great for the kids to go abroad but I am not thinking about yet as we have two months left here and I'll think about it after that. We will have to wait and see."
Losing his place
After joining Liverpool in 2009 the 30-year-old immediately made a positive impact on Merseyside, but his standards of late appear to have dropped and with Brendan Rodgers boasting a host of other options at right-back his time at the club could be drawing to an end.
Just where he will end up could depend on who is willing to offer him the most lucrative deal, with Real Madrid supposedly keeping tabs on the situation as they prepare to draft in a new right-sided defender. Reports have suggested that Los Blancos are also interested in Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, and the Serbian international would likely be a more efficient option that his Liverpool counterpart.
As Johnson currently earns a mooted £120,000-a-week Rodgers would be clearing a portion of Liverpool’s wage bill by letting him go, thereby freeing up funds to either move for a new player to improve his squad or offer one of his stars more money. Putting such finances towards tying down Raheem Sterling may well be the ideal route, with the England star not yet committed to Liverpool for the long-term future.
Either way Rodgers will have to make a definitive decision before the summer, though it appears increasingly feasible that he will ultimately opt to allow Johnson to leave without too much of a struggle. It could be then that the young Jon Flanagan, who was oh so impressive last year, becomes the first-choice right-back, though a move to make Javi Manquillo’s loan deal permanent isn’t off the cards either.
Liverpool fans, is it right to let Johnson go without a new contract? Who then should replace him? Let us know in the comments box below...