Aston Villa: £70k-a-week star's exit would be 'massive surprise' at Villa Park

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Aston Villa selling John McGinn this summer would be a “massive surprise”, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

McGinn has spent the last four years at Villa Park, but it has been reported that he could be offloaded this summer.

What’s the latest news involving McGinn?

The 48-cap international has racked up 147 appearances for Villa since 2018, and featured in all but three of their top-flight matches last term.

However, as reported by Football Insider, Villa boss Steven Gerrard would be willing to listen to offers for the midfielder, who still has three years left on his contract.

The same report claims that McGinn is not the easiest player to manage behind-the-scenes, and it seems that the club may be starting to lose patience with the 27-year-old.

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What has O’Rourke said about McGinn potentially leaving Villa?

O’Rourke has stated that it would come as a shock to see McGinn leave as he believes that the Scot is highly-rated by Gerrard.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, O’Rourke said: “It will be a massive surprise to see Steven Gerrard consider letting John McGinn go because I know he is a big admirer of the midfielder. It will be a huge decision for Villa this summer, what they do with McGinn.”

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Should Villa consider selling McGinn?

Villa have already signed two midfielders in the shape of Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara in the opening weeks of the transfer window, with Gerrard wasting little time in freshening up his squad.

The ex-Rangers boss can also call upon Douglas Luiz, while he has some exciting talent coming through in the middle of the park such as Jacob Ramsey, Carney Chukwuemeka and Tim Iroegbunam.

With so many players to choose from, it would not be a major surprise to see Gerrard offload one or two midfielders, but getting rid of McGinn would not be the obvious choice.

The £70,000-a-week midfielder has been so reliable over the past four years, rarely picking up injuries and performing consistently well.

He is the player that can be trusted to deliver pretty much every time he steps on the pitch, and that is why Villa should be looking to keep hold of him rather than cashing in at this point.

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