United identify Villa midfielder John McGinn as summer transfer target

Manchester United have earmarked Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn as a potential summer signing, as the club hopes to have transfer business lined up ahead of the arrival of a new manager.

Although interim boss Ralf Rangnick is currently in charge until the end of the season, the United hierarchy are also in the process of trying to find Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term successor.

With several Manchester United players facing uncertain futures, improving the midfield area is viewed as a priority heading into the summer.

And according to the Telegraph, McGinn has emerged as one of the options under consideration.

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RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

With Paul Pogba unlikely to sign a new deal, Nemanja Matic unable to cover the ground as quickly as previous years and Donny van de Beek’s time at Old Trafford, continuing to mystify, United have to resolve their midfield woes.

McGinn is admired by his compatriot Darren Fletcher, who took up the role of technical director at Old Trafford in March last year.

However, come the summer, the 27-year-old will have two years to run on his contract, and Villa could well be tempted to cash in on their midfield star, who is valued at around £40m.

But as Villa showed last summer with their former captain Jack Grealish, they will not budge from their asking price.

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Although, the Telegraph expects the Villains to offer McGinn, who missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw between the two sides through suspension, a new deal.

His emergence as a dressing-room leader in the Villa team, and with his national side, alongside Scott McTominay, has “caught the eye” of Fletcher and Sir Alex Ferguson, who has long been an admirer of the former Hibernian man.

McGinn’s all-action midfield attributes and leadership qualities appeal to a United side that is seemingly lacking natural leaders.

United considered an approach for the left-footer last summer, but after the singings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, a fourth major signing on top of the £135m already spent was not sanctioned.

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McGinn has been involved in five Premier League goals (three goals, two assists) for Aston Villa so far this season, only Bruno Fernandes (10) and Cristiano Ronaldo (11) have been involved in more than the Scotsman, in the United side.

McGinn is also averaging the same number of tackles per game (2.7), in the Premier League, as Fred.

Villa’s number seven would certainly bring some added steel, quality and energy to a disjointed United side.

United will have a host of targets on their midfield radar and time will tell on how far up that desired ladder John McGinn is.

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