Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said “big clubs can come calling” for Manchester United-linked Scottish midfielder John McGinn, but he will not leave the club for any price.
The Scotland international was a key player during Villa’s promotion bid last campaign and even scored the winner in a 2-1 play-off final winning against Derby County.
The 25-year-old midfielder has transferred that form into the Premier League seamlessly, netted three goals and made one assist in eight games for Smith’s side at the start of the 2019-20 season.
Daily Star claims that Manchester United have named McGinn as a possible deal, with the Villa playmaker currently valued at around £50 million.
Smith green-lights any potential suggestions for John McGinn when the market reopens, but he has no ideas to let a prized asset depart Villa Park next year.
“The big clubs can come calling, but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa,” Smith told a press conference on Friday – as per the Daily Star.
“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.
“He has an unbelievable energy level, and a big, big heart but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.
“He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season. He’s continued that form in the Premier League, and his value would have certainly shot up.”
John McGinn would be an excellent sign for Norwegian boss’s ranks at Old Trafford, with the Man Utd currently lacking an imaginative fire in the middle of the park.
The Scottish midfielder looks reserved for a step up to a bigger club shortly, but United might have to be patient in their race given Smith’s stance.