Aston Villa are reportedly keen on signing Morgan Sanson from Marseille – but any deal would hinge on the club’s ability to retain their Premier League status.
According to a report from La Phoceen, the Midlands club have joined the hunt for the French maestro, who has been linked with several sides from the English top-flight, including Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton and Manchester United.
Marseille are apparently under pressure to raise funds at the moment so as not to breach Financial Fair Play regulations, and selling Sanson would be a means of helping relieve the burden.
The club would supposedly listen to offers in the region of £30 million for the player, who has been with the club since 2017 after joining from Montpellier.
The 25-year-old has been a regular in the starting XI since joining, and has already clocked up 136 appearances for the club.
TBR’s view – Sanson would be a fine Villa addition
Technically gifted and hard-working, Sanson would potentially be a great signing for Villa.
He is very tidy in possession, as evidenced by an average pass completion rate per game of 86% (WhoScored), and isn’t afraid to get stuck in, making 2.2 tackles per 90 so far in Ligue 1.
Sanson is something of an all-rounder, with his 1.5 shots per 90, 1.3 dribbles per 90 and 1.1 key passes per 90 suggesting he has much to offer in the final third.
Sanson would potentially elevate Villa’s midfield to another level, meaning it will be paramount for Dean Smith to keep the club in the Premier League.