Andre Villas-Boas has told Foot Mercato that Marseille have received an unacceptable offer from Aston Villa for Morgan Sanson.
The 26-year-old has been the subject of intense interest during the current transfer window.
Villa are keen to bolster their ranks with the signing of the player who has two goals and three assists this season.
Sanson arrived at Marseille in 2017 from Ligue 1 rivals Montpellier. He has made 157 appearances in total at Stade Velodrome but could now be on the move.
Villa boss Dean Smith is keen to bolster his midfield ranks this month and has clearly identified Sanson as a target.
Sanson played for Marseille during last night’s 1-0 defeat to Lens and doesn’t look overly close to leaving just yet.
It looks as though the Villa hierarchy are going to have to up the ante if they want to sign him, with Villas-Boas confirming a poor offer.
He told Foot Mercato: “Morgan, he had a very weak offer from Aston Villa, which was turned down immediately. He is with us and focused. Morgan has had a very good match tonight on the aspect of the efforts.”
It is thought that Sanson is valued at £16 million by Marseille but it’s unclear what Villa opened the bidding at.
They’ll need to return with another offer if they have any chance of tempting Marseille into a sale during the transfer window.
TBR View: Sanson could thrive at Villa Park
The Frenchman has never played his football outside of France and the addition could be a risk to Villa.
It does, however, look like one which is worth taking.
Sanson has a superb range of passing, isn’t afraid to make a tackle and could play as a No.10 if called upon.
Villa have allowed Conor Hourihane to leave on loan this month and that frees up space in the squad.
At 26-years-old Sanson could still improve and as a result, the £51,000-a-week player looks like a decent addition.
Once he gets settled at Villa Park he could shine in the Premier League and as a result, Villa should pay Marseille what they are asking.