Gabby Agbonlahor has told Football Insider that Tottenham will struggle to prise midfielder John McGinn from Villa Park this summer.
McGinn has impressed during his time in Birmingham, making 147 appearances for the Villians, scoring 16 goals and assisting a further 23 (TransferMarkt).
It is no secret that Antonio Conte wants to bolster his midfield options this summer and the Telegraph report that Spurs have set their sites on securing McGinn’s signature.
This rumour was more recently backed up by the Daily Mail, who claim that any deal may be tough to progress due to Villa being uneasy about losing a fan favourite two years in a row after Jack Grealish’s move to Manchester City last summer.
Agbonlahor, who netted 73 times for his boyhood club (TransferMarkt) agreed that Spurs may struggle to capture the 27-year-old due to his price tag and his importance to Villa manager Steven Gerrard.
He said (FootballInsider): “I don’t think these clubs can afford him, I don’t think Spurs can afford him. If Aston Villa are going to sell John McGinn, they are going to want a crazy fee, we’re talking £60milliom, £70million.
“He’s a top player, enjoying his football at Aston Villa and recently signed a new contract.
“I don’t think there’s even a discussion to be had. John McGinn suits Aston Villa and Aston Villa suits John McGinn.
“He will be there and I don’t see Steven Gerrard thinking about letting him go. He’s too important in that midfield.
“You’re looking at the midfield now of Ramsey, McGinn and Kamara and, for me, that’s a top midfield.”
With three years left on McGinn’s current contract (FootballInsider), Villa are seemingly in a strong position to rebuff advances from Premier League rivals and keep hold of the Scot.
Spurs Web Opinion
McGinn is a talented, Premier League-proven player who I feel would improve the quality of our squad. His work rate, tenacity and desire to progress the ball quickly would definitely suit Conte’s system. However, if the fee was anywhere in the region of £70 million then Spurs should steer well clear.
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