- Manchester United are targeting £40m deal for Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn in summer transfer window
- John McGinn has become a key player for Aston Villa over the past few years and his displays have caught the eye of Man United
- The 27-year-old's contract at Villa Park expires in the summer of 2024 but he could fancy a move to a bigger club
Manchester United are targeting a summer move to sign £40m-rated Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn after he caught the eye of legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, according to reports via the Daily Mail.
The Scottish midfielder has been an influential member of Steven Gerard’s Villa side since joining from Hibs in 2018 as he’s scored 16 goals in 129 goals and played a pivotal role in their promotion from the Championship in 2019.
The 27-year-old’s leadership qualities are also believed to have appealed to United chiefs as fellow Scottish and Manchester United non-executive director and legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson has recommended the midfielder to the Old Trafford club as they are currently lacking characters in the dressing room.
Manchester United are said to be looking for reinforcements in midfield with the futures of Paul Pogba and Donny Van De Beek uncertain while Bruno Fernandes is currently in a contract dispute with the club.
The Independent also reports that Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata are also expected to depart when their deals run out in the summer while Nemanja Matic turns 34 this year so a long-term replacement is needed for the Serbian international.
United are hoping to bring in fresh legs to booster the morale of the squad this January after struggling to keep pace with the top six teams in the English Premier League.
Ralf Ragnick’s team are currently 7th on the table with 32 points, five points off the top 4 position although the Old Trafford team still has two games in hand.
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