Tottenham Hotspur have been given the green light to make a move for Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn this summer.
What’s the word?
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that Steven Gerrard is now willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old in the summer transfer window, with a source claiming that the 42-year-old head coach is not convinced by the Scotland international’s ability, while the midfielder himself is said to be difficult to manage behind the scenes.
The report goes on to state that this latest development is sure to come as a huge boost to Antonio Conte and Spurs, as the north London side have been heavily linked with a move for the former Hibernian star – who is reported to be available for a figure of around £40m this summer – in recent weeks.
Imagine him & Bissouma
With Fabio Paratici having recently completed the £25m signing of Brighton & Hove Albion central midfielder Yves Bissouma, should the Italian sporting director be able to follow up his latest addition to Conte’s squad with the further signing of McGinn, it would undoubtedly represent a fantastic double coup for the north London side.
Indeed, considering just how impressive McGinn was for Villa last season, the £34m-rated midfielder would very much appear to be something of a perfect partner for the defensively-minded Bissouma.
Over his 35 Premier League appearances in 2021/22, the £70k-per-week talent scored three goals, provided four assists and created seven big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.2 shots, making 1.5 key passes and completing 1.3 dribbles per game.
The midfielder also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 28.2 passes, 3.3 long balls, 1.0 interceptions, 3.0 tackles, 0.8 clearances and winning 7.2 duels – at a success rate of 59% – per fixture.
These metrics saw the player who Matt Targett dubbed “unbelievable” earn a quite astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.29, not only ranking him as Gerrard’s best performer in the league but also as the 17th-best player in the division as a whole.
As such, should Paratici manage to get a deal over the line for McGinn this summer, it is clear to see that the Scot would be yet another sensational signing by the Italian sporting director – with a move for the 27-year-old now appearing much more likely following recent developments.
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