Aston Villa finalising £15.5m move for Morgan Sanson

Aston Villa finalising £15.5m move for Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson with medical expected next week after raising their previous offer deemed ‘pathetic’ by boss Andre Villas-Boas

  • Aston Villa are set to complete £15.5million move for Marseille’s Morgan Sanson
  • The French midfielder, 26, is due in Birmingham next week ahead of move
  • He is expected to sign a four-year deal and will boost Villa’s impressive midfield 
  • The Midland outfit increased their offer after previous was deemed ‘pathetic’ 

Aston Villa are finalising the transfer of Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson after re-structuring their offer.

Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas branded their opening bid as ‘pathetic’ earlier this week but, with the French club eager for funds, Villa have still been able to negotiate a total fee of around £15.5million for Sanson.

The 26-year-old had been valued at £22m by Marseille, who have just brought in striker Arkadiusz Milik from Napoli, but Villa are understood to have offered £14m with a further £1.5m in add-ons.

Aston Villa are finalising a £15.5million move for Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson

Sanson was left out of the Marseille squad to face Monaco on Saturday night and is due in Birmingham this week once his visa is granted. He is expected to sign a four and a half year contract following his medical and will bolster an impressive looking midfield at Villa Park.  

Villa allowed Conor Hourinhane to join Swansea on loan until the end of the season as they looked to wrap the deal for Sanson.

Sanson’s impressive form for the Ligue 1 side has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham.

The midfielder is due in Birmingham for a medical next week and will sign a four-year deal 

Villa were the first club to make an official approach but their opening offer was met with derision. 

‘We had a very, very weak offer from Aston Villa which we turned down. It was pathetic,’ Villas-Boas told French TV channel Telefoot Chaine after Marseille’s 1-0 defeat by Lens on Wednesday.

‘I hope that he (Sanson) continues to remain professional.’ 

Andre Villas-Boas had slammed Aston Villa’s previous offer for his midfielder as ‘pathetic’

The report indicates Marseille have now sanctioned the move after Villa’s offer was increased, and Villas-Boas is now on the hunt for a replacement. 

The midfielder played a key role in the 2019-2020 campaign as Marseille finished second in Ligue 1, scoring five goals and making five assists. 

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