Manchester United have added John McGinn to their shortlist of potential summer signings.
United’s hierarchy hope to have deals lined up in tandem with the arrival of a new manager in the summer. They have prioritised an addition of a new midfielder to address the issue that played a big part in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking and could even lead to missing out on a top 4 place under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
According to the Telegraph, McGinn, 27, has emerged as one of the options under consideration. The Scotland international has caught the eye of the club’s technical director Darren Fletcher and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson with his emergence as a dressing-room leader for Aston Villa.
United feel the current squad don’t have enough natural leaders, and appreciate McGinn’s profile as a dominant midfielder.
They missed a figure like McGinn in their 2-2 draw against Villa, as Nemanja Matic and Fred couldn’t maintain the intensity, allowing Steven Gerrard’s men to create several chances from the half-spaces. Donny van de Beek was left on the bench until late on due to doubts over his ability to adapt to the pace of English football.
McGinn is valued at around £40m, but Villa, who lost Jack Grealish to Man City, would be reluctant to let go their leading player two summers in a row.