Manchester United are reportedly looking to add John McGinn to their midfield arsenal, with the player valued at £50 million by Aston Villa.
The Sun claim that Manchester United have found another midfielder that is likely a fit in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s footballing philosophy. John McGinn is the said midfielder, with United reported to be preparing a bid for the Aston Villa midfielder.
The report adds that Manchester United have made background checks on McGinn, who is labelled to be the answer to the lack of dynamism in the United midfield in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s eyes. McGinn is reportedly likely to cost Manchester United in the region of £50 million, with the midfielder a key component within the Aston Villa setup.
John McGinn has gelled in seamlessly at Aston Villa following his move from Scottish club Hibernian in the summer of 2018. In a season that ended with Aston Villa earning a promotion to the Premier League, McGinn starred with 6 goals and 10 assists in the regular Championship season and was one of the first names on the team sheet for the club.
One area that might turn out to be a grey one for McGinn is his habit of accumulating sanctions, with the Scottish international receiving 14 sanctions in the regular season itself. Still, the midfielder is on Manchester United’s radar, with Solskjaer keen to add him to his midfield options.
Manchester United bid Ander Herrera adieu in the summer, with the Spaniard not signing a contract extension at the club. Solskjaer is now left with a wantaway Paul Pogba, an out-of-form Nemanja Matic and youthful options in Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira.
The Red Devils have been linked with several midfielders in the current transfer window. But, McGinn could be the most realistic yet logical target for Solskjaer and his men. One of the traits that McGinn is lauded for is his work-rate, something Solskjaer is looking for on a priority basis while finalising the targets for the club.
£50 million might be a tad bit high for a player who has had just one season in England and none in the country’s top-flight. But, Aston Villa consider McGinn a key part of their setup and are prepared to hand the 24-year-old an improved new deal in order to fend off interest from Manchester United.
McGinn is also a revered figure at the club, with the 24-year-old bagging the Player’s Player of the Year and the Fans’ Player of the Year Award for the recently concluded season.
The prospect of playing for a club like Manchester United combined with access to European competitions could tempt McGinn into wanting a move. Villa signed McGinn for around £3 million and we think they are likely to settle for somewhere around £30 million if United negotiate like they did in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s case.
At 24, McGinn will be a long-term addition to United’s midfield and could be part of the new look Manchester United that Solskjaer is looking to build.