New Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick is reported to be interested in Aston Villa star John McGinn.
The German manager takes charge of his first game today when United take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford and he is understood to already have half an eye on rebuilding the side, starting in the January transfer window.
United are in the market for midfield reinforcements as doubts continue to surround the long-term futures of the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek.
It’s believed Amadou Haidara will become Rangnick’s first signing next month – if Manchester United pay his £32million release clause now.
And England duo Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice have been highlighted as potential options to anchor the base of the midfield next season.
The national newspaper claimed United were interested in the Scotland international, who is a mainstay of Villa’s midfield, in the summer of 2019, with Sir Alex Ferguson an admirer of the player.
Villa were reported to have not considered a bid of less than £50m back then and, it’s claimed, would want even more now with Steven Gerrard at the helm and looking to drive the club forward following the slump in results under Dean Smith that brought about a change of manager last month.
McGinn has three and a half years left to run on the deal he signed at Villa Park last December.
He’s scored three goals and provided one assist in 13 Premier League games so far this term.
His ability on the ball plus coolness under pressure is something United scouts are understood to have noted, says the report, which adds that his ability to play a high pressing style also ticks a box for Rangnick.