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Storrie - Johnson on his way?

Peter Storrie has confirmed to sky sports news that an offer has been placed for Glen Johnson and his departure 'should' not take long to be concluded...

Chelski, Liverpool and Citeh have been most strongly linked with Johnson recently, although the suggestion is that it is a champions league club that has made the offer for him, which rules out Citeh I guess? He said: 'Glen has had a fantastic season for us and I think he is the best right-back in the country at the moment.

'I've know Glen a long while, from my West Ham days. When I re-signed him (at Portsmouth) we talked things over.

'He said, 'If one of the big four come in with Champions League football, would you stand in my way?'

'I told him I couldn't do that. Providing the deal is right for Portsmouth and Glen then we will look to try and do something in the right way.

'It is very hard to try and hold people back when they have a chance to play in the Champions League. I accept that.'

That said Storrie has not exactly said that they are going to be playing champions league football next season, although the suggestion is that they are?

An offer between 15m-18m is 'said' to be the amount as when asked if that was the fee involved he said 'you may not be a million miles away from the mark' and also said he is not expecting the deal will take long to conclude.

So, there we have it, we appear to have accepted the offer it is just down to Johnson to decide that he wants to leave, which, although a tough one to make, I suspect he will...

This is a shame, but not unexpected at all is it really lets be honest?

Even waiting for our takeover to go through probably would not make a lot of difference to this would it - some would argue 'we will not need the money' but good offers still cannot and will not be refused, plus you also have to take into account the feelings of the player.

Like I say I am sure this will be a tough call to make, but Johnson knows that he is more than good enough to hold his own with a 'bigger club' again now, I just hope whoever they are treats him well and he does not slip into that 'the grass isn't always greener' camp that some do when they move on - assuming, as I guess he will, he does.

Anyone not realising just how immense the guy has been for us the past 12-months or so soon will...

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Date:Saturday June 13 2009

Time: 1:25PM

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PompeyFcMad
Good luck Glen on what you decide, Now it could be up to 5 clubs bidding or showing an intrest , but Liverpool & Chelsea look to be the favs
pompeyyong
its not a decision that he needs to rush into is it, isnt he away on holiday at the moment for a couple of weeks? he can think it over whilst away i guess?
i expect he will leave, but he has been burnt before when chasing the champions league dream so he will have that in mind and also think how it could impact on his england spot - another year would secure a world cup place for sure, but a move to the bin dippers or chelski 'should not' do much damage as he is good enough for both.
i think my 60:40 thoughts from this morning that he would leave have now increased to 80:20...
pompeyrug
Same feelings as when Diarra left, I'd love him to stay but he is clearly good enough at champions league level. Lets just hope in a few years time it will be pompey attracting and keeping the best players. You never know, he may fail the medical?!
moley2
totally agree, like i said in the forum - and this isnt putting down pompey, i love the place and the club - johnson is too good for us now, as diarra clearly was.
pompeyrug
if he goes to man city, I will feel let down. If he goes to chelsea, i'll be confused. If he goes to manchester united, I will wish him the best of luck. If he goes to liverpool, i'll think it as a waste, and I doubt he will go to arsenal - it's not arsnes' way.
pompeycarpet
do not think he will go to citeh, but if he did then as much as it would be for money, lets be honest, it is also down to the 'vision' they are offering players as well - they will be a force in the coming years, being able to buy this helps!
going to any of the top 4 wouldnt surprise me carpet, chelski would be alittle 'odd' given who they have and what he has said recently, i think he would be more wasted at manyoo tho than the bin dippers tbh - like i said to them over on vital bin dipper i think he would have made the difference for them and the title last season, and probably could next season.
pompeyrug
Inevitable sadly. But I am still gutted.
eastneydave
Citeh said to have offered 18 mill so if the other are only offering 15 mill why should we accept it, surely they should at least match it?
pompeyyong
Diarra and Johnson, easily the two best players I've seen in a Portsmouth shirt. I'll be a Johnno fan wherever he goes.
stillthewhizz
Pompey saying they will accept a bid in the region of 20,000,000 but chelsea & liverpool have bid 15-18 million two other bids have also come in.
pompeyyong
Please Johnson, don't go back to Chelsea!! There is no way you will get regular football there like you do here! Unless they sell Bosingwa, which won't happen anytime soon. Fratton legend, and wherever you end up, best of luck!
.Andrew.
i still dont understand why he signed a four and a half year deal in january when liverpool were after him? he didnt have to sign anything.
ruffcider
I guess it was inevitable, and he is easily good enough to hold down a regular spot in any top side - you can't stand in his way - have to wish him luck. Shame though.
tracyc
Am gutted Glen Johnson is leaving, but if it is his choice and what he wants to do, then good luck to him. Also, a big thankyou to him for his massive contribution to the team this year. I just hope we get 20m for him, cos all the figures flying around for other players means he is well worth it.
Gandor1
i think johnson is good enough to go anywhere, and have expected this for some time but what i cannot quite make out is if we are seriously allowing this because we feel we 'owe it' to him or we are doing this because we want to 'cash in?'
there seems to be alot of 'we cannot stand in his way' and 'it is an opportunity for him' talk but not alot, well any, of the 'we want to keep him but it is up to him' talk...
it seems like we are more than happy for him to go the more i listen to interviews, with not much emphises put on the 'if he wants to stay we would be delighted' kind of thing that i would like us to say?
pompeyrug
Its a shame if this has to be rushed through before the new regime and new manager come in. I can't think we need to cash in now - it must be that he wants to move on, and they've decided to let him. It would have been nice to have seem some kind of effort to keep him though. Perhaps that might have been enough to sway him if he's a bit unsure. Pity we can't do a deal a-la Ronaldo, and agree to sell him next season!
tracyc
I would only see Johno leaving for CL football. It wouldn't be Citeh, the only thing that'd attract him there would be money, and we (will soon) have that. I'm gutted, to be honest. But, if anything, I'd hope it'd give SAF a bigger motive to get us up there into the CL ourselves - who knows, if we ever get there, perhaps Johnno would come back? And Lassie, for that matter.... Either way, thank you Glen for your superb loyalty, thank you for the memories (home v. Hull will always stick in my mind), and best of luck for the future.
powered_by_pies
he will go back to the bridge he is a london boy and chelsea can off him champions league football.Also bosingwa is apperently on his way to bayern munich so johnso will walk straight in there. Wished he stayed but i have always liked him and he will always be a legend in my eyes.
stfc ballboy
Picking up on Rugs point that we seem more than happy to let him go. Maybe I'm being cynical, but it looks to me like he was going to be sold whether he wanted to stay or not. It flies in the face of what the player has said in public and also what we want to aspire to if the sale of PFC goes through. The chances are, us fans will never know the truth whatever happens. I just hope for Glen's sake that he will succeed in his journey/career with a new club. If it's Chelski, I'm hoping he will be welcomed with open arms, because the comments on Chelsea Vital are not very encouraging to say the least. Good luck Glen and thank you for the job you did for us. TOP BLOKE....
cornypomp
Sorry Guy's but I'm really p####d off about this. The more I think about it the angrier I'm getting. The whole thing's crazy and arse about face. Surely this could have waited until the PFC deal has gone through. It's not like the transfer window is days away from closing is it. This smacks more of reducing debt than building for the future, and I'd bet the little bit of savings I have that this is what's behind this sale...OK Rant over.
cornypomp
First class player. Hoped that he would stay but we can't hold him back. If its a Champs league side then with Bosingwa being touted by BM then its a good chance he will go with Chelski but don't rule out Sir Alex teaming him up with Rooney.
race
I agree with your last statement, Rug. I'm disappointed not to see more talk about wanting him to stay. If I told my boss I'd been headhunted and his reply was "well, of course, I wouldn't stand in your way if you wanted to go", it would feel like a boot up the posterior helping me out the door. It doesn't cost anything to tell someone they're valuable to you, and not saying sends a very bad message. I can't see him turning it down with that kind of "support".
PhilTaglia
I think this was inevitable and however much we love Pompey and think that we are getting some big dosh soon, there's no denying the lure of a big club even if it's just for the training facilities etc. The agent needs more money etc, these guys are not totally free agents in all this. Good luck Johnno! You've been awesome and whenever you play for England I will count you as a Pompey player
hammersmithblue
Johnson's signing of a 4-year contract was very important for then manager TA. Johnson's loyalty towards a club which had huge problems back then gave Pompey some believe in a bid to survive. Thank you Johnson, if he is leaving, as I have an inner feeling that he will stay on another year.
Pompey Malta
i feel another 'open letter to PFC' coming on... thing is i have more than expected johnson to be sold, but the timing just comfuses me as does our apparent ease of allowing this, if not 'wanting' this...
pompeyrug
Yeah, do that Rug. Thing is, I know I'm getting too steamed up over this, but as you say the timing is confusing and then some. The guy is just into a new contract, has been intimating in the press that he's happy at Pompey and is now on holiday. He, along with the rest of the squad were obviously part of the overall value of the club and as such he's one of our assets. At a time when we are supposedly in line for a cash injection we sell a prize asset. If he genuinely wanted out, no problem, but I don't think he did. It just seems crazy to me.
cornypomp
it does seem very odd to have peter storrie announcing he is being sold, as if he wants to make everyone KNOW that we are selling him, to raise the price. RATHER than keeping it quiet, so we only need to fight off one team.
pompeycarpet
this is shi#e! we really need to start keeping the players that perform. I thought with this new deal we may of had a chance but once again it looks like we will lose our best player(s) If we do, i want a min of 18mil, so Rafa can Fu# off with his 10mil!
nodster
Peter Crouch is now asking about his future as since he signed we have let go Muntari, Diarra & Defoe for nearly 50 million, & now news of Johnson going, well who can blame him Its not what we told him when he signed, this time last year it was said we would sign 3 top class players & two good squad players?
pompeyyong
Still im disappointed he hasnt banged on pompeys door instead of shouting to the media about it. really not impressed with that, his timing is very poor, we are all waitin and hoping, cant imagine the doctors too impressed by all this, especially with future 'staff' attacking the club.
ruffcider
Good point Cider we don't need are own players sticking the knife in, should have done it in private
pompeyyong
poo think they have em, but we'll see i guess
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