Manchester United are reportedly considering a big-money move for Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United, currently led by interim coach Ralf Rangnick, are already casting an eye to the end of the season when they hope to appoint a new manager – and are also looking at potential signings.
Now, The Telegraph report that Scotland international McGinn is on United’s shortlist to improve the midfield and the 27-year-old is valued at around £40m.
It is expected that McGinn – who has been at Villa since moving to the club from Hibernian in 2018 – will be offered a new contract extension to remain at Villa Park.
Steven Gerrard would be reluctant to let the midfielder go, particularly after Villa allowed captain Jack Grealish to depart to Man City last summer for £100m.
McGinn’s leadership qualities on and off the pitch are also said to be appealing to executives at United, with the dressing-room atmosphere under scrutiny now and during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time in charge.
United are keeping track of McGinn and other midfield options with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata all out of contract at the end of the season.
The left-footed midfielder missed the 2-2 draw between the clubs on Saturday due to suspension, but did play in the 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat to United a week ago.
Since moving south of the border three-and-a-half years ago, McGinn has scored 16 goals in 129 games for Villa, and was part of the side which was promoted under Dean Smith in the 2018-19 season