Aston Villa might be playing Championship football next year, but there’s a strong chance John McGinn will not.
The situation with Covid-19 has everything up in the air at the moment, but assuming the 2019/20 season is able to conclude at a later date, and there is still a transfer window, the Scotland international surely won’t stay at the club if they drop down a division.
At the moment, relegation is a very real threat for Villa, who are 19th in the table and two points adrift of safety.
Dean Smith’s side have struggled defensively, with mistakes a big reason for their current league position.
Villa have been making life difficult for themselves, with McGinn having been unable to help since December, when he suffered a nasty ankle injury.
Before that, the ex-Hibs star had been shining on a weekly basis for the Villans and it had become clear that a player of his quality would be completely wasted in the Championship.
He is a top-flight talent, but where should he head if he had to leave?
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton are the latest team to be credited with interest in the 25-year-old. TEAMtalk have claimed the Toffees could swoop to bolster their midfield, which has been lacking energy since the departure of Idrissa Gueye.
Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers obviously saw McGinn up close long before his foray into English football. The Foxes already have a very strong midfield, and adding McGinn would give them some serious options.
Wolves are also said to be interested. Nuno Espirito Santo has a small squad but there is definitely room at Molineux for a box-to-box midfielder, with Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho quality players but hardly the most mobile.
The biggest club to be linked with McGinn to date are Manchester United (ESPN).
The Red Devils have largely struggled in 2019/20, although just before the football suspension they were in a purple patch. With Fred starting to come good, Scott McTominay back and Bruno Fernandes now in the picture, a move seems unlikely – especially with McGinn’s teammate Jack Grealish seemingly quite coveted by the giants.
Perhaps the best move for McGinn if Villa went down would be Everton.
No stranger to a Scot down the years, Everton could be a sensible move for McGinn, who would undoubtedly be a regular starter for the club.
Working under Ancelotti could allow him to reach the next level, and perhaps prepare him to make a move to a bigger club in the next few years.