Leicester City would be interested in a move for Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn should the Scotland international become available this summer.
That is according to The Sunday Times, who suggest that Brendan Rodgers would be keen on a player he failed to bring to Celtic.
As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic had three bids rejected for the player in 2018. A £2 million offer was the final one tabled by Celtic for his services. Hibernian reportedly valued the midfielder at £4 million if selling to a Scottish rival.
It was a failed venture that had Rodgers bitterly disappointed with the Celtic board. As he was quoted by the Scottish Sun, the current Leicester boss lamented the Glasgow club’s inability to snap up McGinn from Hibernian, suggesting he just wanted to bring ‘quality’ into the Celtic team.
McGinn ended up heading to Villa Park instead but there is certainly a chance that McGinn might be looking for a move this summer. If Aston Villa are relegated from the Premier League, an exit would seem likely, and the Foxes are seemingly ready to pounce.
It must also be noted that in the same Times piece, in which McGinn spoke about his return from injury, he mentioned Leicester stalwart Jamie Vardy as a player he looks up to and would like to emulate.
“Jamie Vardy’s made a career out of being the complete opposite from a lot of Premier League No 9s, and that’s just being an absolute nuisance. I always respected him as a player, but until I actually came down here I didn’t realise how annoying he was to play against. No one likes that and he’s managed to progress and keep doing it at such a high level. I know it’s a different position, but if I can be as much of a nuisance, that’s what I take from his game.”
So clearly McGinn is a fan of Vardy and Leicester, whilst Rodgers’ admiration for McGinn is absolutely no secret.
Of course, McGinn would not come cheap.
Last summer, amid rumours of Manchester United showing interest, it was suggested by The Sun that Villa could be looking for a fee in the region of £50 million if selling the player.
Amid the current global health crisis, that seems an unlikely figure for Aston Villa to demand. But he still won’t come cheap and looks unlikely to leave unless Villa are indeed relegated from the Premier League.
But if they are, expect Leicester to be the first team knocking on the door.