News ‘broke’ last night that Manchester United were preparing an offer for John McGinn, Aston Villa’s player of the year for 2018/2019. The ‘bid’ was rumoured to be upwards of £50 million - according to the headline of the article.
However, this is not the case. No approach has been made for John McGinn, and in actual fact the player is going to be offered a new deal at the Villa.
The article discusses the fact that McGinn may be on Manchester United’s transfer longlist. This, however, would be true of every single Premier League team bar Sheffield United and Norwich City.
Also - realistically - are Manchester United going to pay £50 million for John McGinn? A player who probably won’t start every single game? It’d be a luxury of the highest order, and one that’s not affordable, not even for Manchester United. There are cheaper and more suitable options in midfield.
McGinn would fit the bill for United though - the Sun story does explain the MUFC transfer strategy that looks to bring in players for the long-term. The moves for Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka prove this, and John McGinn would be perfect company, but not this season.
Here’s the thing - #FakeNews culture has ruined any trust in the media - from politics to reality tv coverage. If people don’t want to hear something, they don’t just turn away - they point fingers and scream accusations. We shouldn’t dismiss stories like this because we don’t want to sell John McGinn. We shouldn’t dismiss stories like this because of the journalist writing them. This is why I said on twitter that the story had more ‘legs’ than other rumours and shouldn’t be shot down instantly because it’s not a rumour about an incoming player.
However, there’s zero truth in a bid for John McGinn from Manchester United right now and the story seems like hearsay mixed in with a headline for peak shock value. Could it happen? Maybe. Is it happening right now? No.
We’ve got McGinn.