It is no real surprise that John McGinn is being linked with a move to the Premiership this summer. The problem is if Aston Villa fails to gain promotion this season, can they afford to lose both McGinn and Jack Grealish?
Grealish will almost certainly be leaving Villa Park unless we can guarantee him Premiership football next season. Despite being at Villa Park the weekend, England manager Gareth Southgate has told Grealish he needs to be playing at the top level. And if we are being honest, we would only be holding him back if we didn’t allow him to move on.
Rodgers wants McGinn
McGinn is a completely different case all together though. You could argue that both have had very good seasons at B6 but that is where the similarities end.
The Scotland international, signed from Hibernian last summer, on a four-year deal. Unless a really big offer came in for his services, I would be very surprised if we opted to cash in.
Brendan Rodgers wanted McGinn at Celtic in the summer but he opted for a move South of the border. The Daily Record claims that a fee of around £20million may tempt Villa into cashing in. They claim that Rodgers will look to take him to Leicester and their owners will back him financially. I am not so sure it will be that simple though.
Aston Villa owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are not short of a few pennies. They proved that last summer when they dug deep and ruled out a move for Grealish to Tottenham.
Financial Fair Play
FFP may dictate what business is done in the summer, however. We may have scraped through this summer but if reports are to be believed, it could be another tight season next year. A promotion will kill any financial worries and possible player sales but as I already stated, it’s all a big if.
The club has spoken about not throwing money at everything and doing things the right way. Will their hands be forced if we do fail to get promoted?
I guess only time will tell. I can’t pretend to be totally clued up with FFP. In fact, I think it is a stupid rule. I don’t agree with the punishment our neighbours got. They say it is to protect football clubs. You try and tell that to Oldham and Bolton supporters this season. They don’t even know if they will have a club to support next season. I won’t bore you about it too much. I am sure you have heard enough about it over the past few years. It is like listening to the Brexit rubbish at the moment.
McGinn has been very effective during his time at Villa. He has become a firm fan favourite thanks to his gritty, never say die performances.
The 24-year-old has scored 5 and assisted 9 times so far this season. His hold up play and his surging runs are a joy to watch. It is easy to see why there is interest in his services but we must not be bullied. He is contracted to Aston Villa and seems happy so we must be clear from the off and put any rumours to bed IF we don’t have to sell our midfielder.