Manchester United ended pursuit of Nottingham Forest star due to competition

Nottingham Forest attacker Brennan Johnson pursuit snubbed by Manchester United

Manchester United backed away from a pursuit to sign Brennan Johnson this summer after looking at the competition, according to a report via Manchester Evening News.

The Red Devils were looking to make a move to acquire the services of the Wales international in the ongoing transfer window. However, due to tight finances and a potential bidding war ensuing, the Old Trafford side decided against joining the race.

Apart from United, other top teams in the Premier League are also looking to get a hold of the 22-year-old’s signature. Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Brentford have the forward on their radar.

Manchester United snubbed the pursuit of Brennan Johnson of Nottingham Forest.
Manchester United snubbed the pursuit of Brennan Johnson of Nottingham Forest. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Johnson has caught a lot of people’s attention with his displays over the last year in the English top flight. The Tricky Trees are expected to value him at around £40 million.

The West Bridgford-based club managed to avoid relegation in the previous campaign. The Welsh national was a key player in Steve Cooper’s plans and has continued to maintain his influence this season.

In the 2022/23 term, Johnson was decent for Forest. The forward made 44 appearances in all competitions for the Tricky Trees, scoring 10 goals and providing three assists.

Manchester United have added Rasmus Hojlund to their ranks this summer.
Manchester United have added Rasmus Hojlund to their ranks this summer. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

At United, we ended up getting Rasmus Hojlund this summer to bolster the attack. Unfortunately, the Danish national has not been able to feature so far for the Red Devils due to injury.

The Old Trafford side also have Anthony Martial in their ranks. However, the French national is unreliable due to his recent fitness issues. Marcus Rashford has not looked comfortable playing as a number nine.

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Therefore, we could arguably do with additional reinforcements in the forward line. However, considering what Forest would have demanded to part ways with Johnson, it was wise for the club to decide against his signing.