Aston Villa have issued a hands-off warning as Manchester United step up their interest in John McGinn, The Birmingham Mail reports.
Man United could try to woo McGinn to Old Trafford in the January transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a new midfielder and McGinn fits the bill, having proven himself over the past year-and-a-half with Villa.
However, Aston Villa will make their transfer stance very clear. The West Midlands club will not entertain any offers for the Scotland international in January. Moreover, they will only consider selling McGinn next summer if an “epic” bid comes in.
McGinn joined Aston Villa from Hibernian in summer 2018 after missing out on a move to Celtic. The Bhoys’ loss was Aston Villa’s gain as McGinn played a central role in the promotion-winning campaign.
The 25-year-old’s fine form has continued this season. After 58 games, 10 goals and 12 assists in claret and blue, Man United believe he is the right fit for their midfield. But they face an uphill battle to sign McGinn.
Aston Villa are under no pressure to sell McGinn on the cheap, considering his long-term contract at Villa Park. To outline their ambition, they must rebuff any January offers and make it clear that he is integral to their plans for the future.
This could convince Man United to look elsewhere. Unless an offer comes in that cannot be ignored, there is no need to sell McGinn just yet.