The previous summer transfer window was a particularly busy one for Aston Villa, not just in terms of the new players they brought in such as Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia and Danny Ings but also because of the departure of Jack Grealish in a record-breaking transfer to Manchester City for £100m.
Having ended the previous season as Villa’s highest-rated player with an overall rating of 7.56/10 from WhoScored, as well as six goals and 10 assists under his belt, it’s safe to say that Grealish was a key player for the Villans.
Now into their first season without the Englishman, it seems as though the Midlands club could be in danger of losing another critical player when the next summer transfer window opens.
With recent reports claiming that fellow Premier League clubs Manchester United and Liverpool have sent scouts to watch John McGinn with a potential summer transfer move for the midfielder in mind, keeping hold of the Scotland international should be a top priority for the Midlands club.
Since making the move to Villa Park back in the 2018 summer transfer window from Scottish club Hibernian, the 27-year-old has cemented himself as a very important player for the team by racking up 132 appearances across all competitions, scoring 16 goals and providing 21 assists along the way.
Having been described as a player that is “strong as an ox” by Joe Cole, McGinn has proved his importance to Steven Gerrard this season by racking up an overall performance rating of 7.15/10 from WhoScored, making him Villa’s second-highest rated player in the league this season beneath Philippe Coutinho.
Even though his current contract at the Midlands club isn’t set to expire until the summer of 2025, Johan Lange will have to keep an eye on the situation surrounding McGinn, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £70k-per-week according to Salary Sport, especially if any offers for him come forward in the summer.
With that in mind, it could be worth the hierarchy at Villa reassuring the midfield maestro of his importance to the team and what the club’s ambitions are moving forward in terms of breaking into Europe to make sure the £27m-rated star doesn’t get his head turned or else it would be an unforgivable disaster if he left this summer.