Hibs could land some significant money if Aston Villa star John McGinn moves to Manchester United, as is reported by the Scottish Sun. A phenomenal piece of business would see the Hibees earn a fee thanks to a sell-on clause inserted into McGinn’s Villa contract.
But does a potential move not come a bit too soon for the Scot?
McGinn is a midfield marvel
There’s no denying that McGinn is a fantastic talent. A key cog in Aston Villa’s promotion-winning campaign, the midfielder formed a fantastic partnership with boyhood Villa fan Jack Grealish.
Now the dynamic duo are set to take part in Villa’s first season in the top tier since 2015-16.
The same season was significant for then club Hibs as the Hibees lifted the Scottish Cup for the first time in 114 years.
The pathway to prominence
It’s been quite the rise for McGinn since breaking through at St Mirren. After playing in Paisley and helping the Buddies lift the 2013 League Cup with a win over Hearts, the midfielder’s stock continues to rise.
He helped the Hibees back to the top tier the season after Scottish Cup success. Having just won Aston Villa’s Player of the Year, he also netted the winner at Wembley in the playoff final.
Has to prove himself in the Prem
You feel as though a big money move will happen one day but perhaps it just comes too soon. He’s been immense in the Championship but in the Premier League, it’s a different ball game.
He’ll have to churn out a string of phenomenal performances on the biggest stage week in week out.
Aston Villa, on merit, belong in the Premier League. If McGinn can help them stave off relegation, then he should be able to move on to any interested parties.
If or when he does, don’t be surprised if he surpasses the record transfer fee for a Scot. It’s currently held by West Brom’s Oli Burke, and he was hardly the riveting success some anticipated him to be on loan at Celtic last season.