Mark Hughes is trying to keep this Manchester City midfielder at the club, but he could have a tough time holding onto the youngster if Arsenal come in with a bid!
Arsene Wenger will revive his interest in Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson, according to reports.
The Times claims the Gunners are keeping tabs on the England Under 21 international after Johnson turned down the offer of a five-year contract with City.
Everton and Aston Villa are believed to have joined the race, while existing interested parties Newcastle and Liverpool – who made a £4million bid for the player last summer – are also still in the fray.
Wenger is known to be in the market for another central midfield player following the departures of Mathue Flamini and Gilberto, and is keen to secure one with experience in the Premier League – an attribute which Johnson has after impressing at Eastlands last season. (Waltham Forest Guardian)
Arsenal are ready to make an £8m move for Michael Johnson after the young central midfielder rejected a new deal at Manchester City. (Sunday Express)
Michael Johnson was a target pretty much throughout last season, as the youngster showed maturity far beyond his years as he impressed at Eastlands. He has the look and feel of an Arsene Wenger-type player, and by that I mean his calmness on the ball and his ability to switch defence to attack. Clearly Wenger is a fan and if he has indeed turned down a lucrative long-term deal at Manchester City, then I guess he could well be on his way out.
Other sides have shown an interest, but the Emirates side have a history of putting faith in youthful prospects, so if Mark Hughes accepts that his young charge does not want to stay then a move to north London could well become a reality. Do Gunners fans think that Johnson could work wonders in their midfield?