Steven Gerrard is adamant that Aston Villa have no intentions of selling John McGinn after speculation that a move to Manchester United is on the cards was upped several notches.
The midfield workhorse is one of Villa’s most impressive performers this season. In 18 appearances for Villa, McGinn has scored three times, weighing in with two assists. As such, the Scotland international is one of the first names on Gerrard’s team sheet.
However, McGinn has long-term admirers in the Red Devils. Indeed, reports just lack week namechecked McGinn as £40m target for United once again.
McGinn’s seemingly never-ending energy makes him an ideal fit for Ralf Rangnick’s intense pressing style.
Now those noises about a move to Old Trafford are growing louder once again.
That’s after the Villa star was pictured heading out to Dubai as the Premier League embarks on a winter break. As per the Daily Mirror, McGinn is jetting out to the sun-drenched Middle East alongside his Villa teammate Tyrone Mings, as well as Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Diogo Dalot.
Villa have been one of the bigger spenders so far in the January window. So far, Gerrard’s side have signed Lucas Digne, Philippe Coutinho, Kerr Smith and Robin Olsen.
And they are seemingly not finished yet with Gerrard looking to a classy Juventus star to further boost his midfield.
However, the loss of McGinn would come as a huge blow to Villa. Indeed, reports claim if a deal cannot be done this month, then a summer purchase will be explored by the Red Devils.
Gerrard not looking to sell
That though, understandably, is a scenario that Gerrard is looking to avoid. As such, he’s been speaking directly about the midfielder’s future.
“We are certainly not a club that is looking to sell. Our intention is to keep John McGinn here,” he said.
“We don’t want to be a selling club unless there is a situation, as with [Jack] Grealish [to Manchester City ], which works itself out if you like.
“I want [McGinn] to remain a Villa player and we can’t be any clearer on that. We love the player, we love the human being and we want to help him.
“We certainly see it as a…