Rumour Mill: Glen Johnson rejects Liverpool contract extension?

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Reports on Tuesday suggest Glen Johnson’s contract talks at Anfield are faltering, amid speculation over the full-back’s future.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 19, 2013: Liverpool's Glen Johnson during the final Premiership match of the 2012/13 season against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Before you get too carried away, it’s worth stressing that this rumour appears to be extremely tenuous.

The Mirror reports that Johnson is stalling on a new deal, and with his current contract set to expire this summer, there is a growing belief that the 30-year-old will leave Anfield at the end of the season.

The hugely untrustworthy Winner Sports and Metro claim that the Reds already have Johnson’s potential replacements lined up, with Porto star Danilo and former Liverpool star Alvaro Arbeloa on their radar. The former would likely cost up to £28million, while the latter could leave Real Madrid on a free transfer.

Whether there is any truth in all of this seems very debatable, but there can be no denying that many Liverpool fans wouldn’t exactly be heartbroken to see Johnson leave.

The Englishman has been a good servant to the club at times since signing from Portsmouth in the summer of 2009, but his performances have been lacking in the last few years.

With Jon Flanagan and Javier Manquillo solid young options in Johnson’s position, and Lazar Markovic and Jordon Ibe thriving at wing-back this season, the former Chelsea man would not be missed too much.

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