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Liverpool have registered an interest in Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn but according to Andros Townsend, the Anfield outfit will find it really hard to bring in on board.

The Athletic have claimed that Jurgen Klopp has been making inquiries about the Scotland international as the German is out in the market searching for a long-term replacement to Gini Wijnaldum.

Andros Townsend has given this transfer his seal of approval saying that John McGinn will slot right into Liverpool’s midfield but at the same time, the Palace winger has warned that Villa will not be ready to crack easily.

Townsend said on talkSPORT: “The type of player John McGinn is, I think that would be the perfect for the way Jurgen Klopp likes to play.

“He’s fast, strong, he gets about the pitch, he’s defensive-minded when needed.

“People will raise their eyebrows because it’s John McGinn from Scotland, but if you look at the way he plays and his credentials, 100 per cent he can slot straight into that Liverpool team.

“He’d fit straight into the way they want to play. Liverpool play with two holding midfielders, Jordan Henderson being one of the them and, if he goes, John McGinn can be the other.

“He’s got the discipline to just sit and allow the attacking players to do their thing and allow the full-backs to get high, so I think it would be a good fit to get someone in of that stature to marshal just in front of the back-four.

“But, what I will add to that is Aston Villa are going for it as well.

 

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“You see the signing of Buendia, so they’re probably saying, ‘listen guys, stick with us and we’re going to spend some money and give it a real go to try and break into the top six and European football this season’.”

The Athletic claims that Aston Villa have slapped a price tag of around £45-£50m on John McGinn, this despite his current valuation is £27 million, as per TransferMarkt.

The 26-year-old’s contract at Villa Park expires in 2025 which is why Aston Villa can be so bold with their pricing. But, having secured Champions League qualification, Liverpool will not back away from making waves in the transfer market this summer.

Villa are under no financial pressure to sell John McGinn right now but if Liverpool are ready to meet their demands then Dean Smith’s side could be smart enough and let him leave.

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