Former Lincoln City loanee Brennan Johnson is the subject of big money interest from Premier League giants Chelsea, according to The Guardian.
The 22-year-old spent a season at the LNER Stadium during the 2020/21 campaign, playing a starring role as the Imps were defeated in the play-off final against Blackpool.
He returned to parent club Nottingham Forest the following season, hitting 19 goals in all competitions as the East Midlands side earned promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since 1999.
His form at Championship level drew the interest of Manchester United last summer, leading to the forward signing a new contract that would keep him at the club until 2026.
Johnson again earned plaudits for his performances – this time in the top flight – and he has become a prominent part of the Wales national team setup, where he played all three of the home nation’s World Cup games in Qatar last year.
According to The Guardian, Chelsea are the latest club to have expressed an interest in the attacker and it is claimed that initial talks have already taken place with Nottingham Forest. Although at an early stage, a part exchange deal has been discussed as the six-time English champions look to get somewhere near the Reds’ £45 million valuation.
Forest could struggle to keep hold of their prized asset this summer, with Johnson also of interest to fellow Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
Brennan Johnson is an extremely talented footballer that is only set to get better and better.
His time at Lincoln City paved the way for his success at the City Ground and it is of no surprise to now see him being touted by a host of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
With Wales having to deal with the post-Gareth Bale era, Johnson has been compared to the former Real Madrid man and has been earmarked as the idea successor to the five-time Champions League winner.
Whilst it is unlikely that he will ever reach those heights, he is a player that has all the tools to go on and have an exceptional career.