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Report: Liverpool struggle to fit John McGinn price into their budget

Liverpool will struggle to sign John McGinn this summer because of Aston Villa’s asking price, according to reports. The Reds might need to look elsewhere.

This comes from the Birmingham Mail. They claim Aston Villa have set a very high price for John McGinn.

That comes with reports that Liverpool would like to sign the Scotland midfielder. Jurgen Klopp is a big fan, according to the Athletic, and the Reds would like to bring in McGinn.

That’s understandably led to a reaction from Villa. They’ve put a price on McGinn’s head that while shouldn’t be ‘record breaking’, would still be above Liverpool’s budget.

The report states that the Reds will likely have to steer clear, despite their interest.

Villa set McGinn price

The Birmingham Mail report doesn’t name a price, though the Athletic do. They say bidding would likely start at a minimum of £45m.

It doesn’t sound as though Liverpool have that kind of money for a player like McGinn. The Athletic earlier reported that the Reds will need to sell players before buying more, suggesting they’re hardly flush with cash.

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We think there’s enough to raise at least £60m, given the players at the club who aren’t starting with any regularity. At the same time, we can’t see Liverpool spending everything they have on McGinn.

He’s a good player – little doubt about that – but he’s not a star. Nor is he someone who would rapidly develop into an elite player.

At 26, McGinn is playing close to his peak. Liverpool could likely move him up another level but enough to justify £45m or £50m? We’re not sure.

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But more importantly, spending it all on McGinn effectively rules out other transfers. We’d like to see Liverpool sign both a midfielder and a forward this summer, though.

McGinn would be a fine signing in midfield, certainly, but not enough on his own to leave the attacking department short. Certain players may be at a level to allow that but the Scot just isn’t one of them.

So we think this one might have to wait. Perhaps his price drops in a year or Liverpool find more money. Perhaps the squad is good enough by then to justify a big spend on McGinn.

For this summer, though, we just can’t see how it would work. Time for Liverpool to look elsewhere – at least for now.

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