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Is 50m for a British squad player a sign of the times as Man Utd’s transfer strategy continues

Aston Villa man multiplies his worth by twenty as United offer £50million for his services.

Another British talent finds his way onto Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar.

So far this summer, Solskjaer has brought in the Welshman Daniel James and the Englishman Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Now reports of the Scotsman John McGinn are surfacing as Man Utd are rumoured to have offered £50million for the Aston Villa midfielder. Perhaps Jonny Evans could re-sign, to complete their British Isle swoop.

John McGinn signed for Aston Villa from Scottish side Hibs in the summer of 2018 for a fee of around £2.8million. He impressed Villa with his record of 17 goals and 29 assists in 136 games for his old side, which is a decent statistic for a central midfielder.

Fast-forward by only one year, and McGinn is now worth twenty times more. He played 44 games for Villa last season where he grabbed 7 goals and 10 assists, playing a key role in the centre of their midfield and helping his side achieve promotion to the Premier League.

McGinn could step in as a squad rotation player, allowing Solskjaer to have a quality midfield regardless of bookings, injuries or lack of form.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is dealing with his star man Paul Pogba seeking an exit from the club and is shortlisting replacements. The likes of Tielemans, Eriksen and Declan Rice have been on the radar as potential suitors, and we could see several midfielders put on Man Utd shirts in the next few weeks depending on World Cup winner Paul Pogba’s decision.

Many United fans question the desire of the club, as no big name signings are looking realistic to the Red Devils. However, the recruitment strategy seems vastly different to previous years, as promising talents are being given the time and effort before players who will simply sell shirts but not provide much for the club, like Alexis Sanchez. Alternatively, perhaps Ed Woodward isn’t prepared to be giving out big wages.

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