Marseille resisted, resisted, and in the end, managed to get a million more than Aston Villa for Morgan Sanson! After two rejected offers, the clubs managed to agree on a transfer in the third attempt, in which Aston Villa will pay as much as 18,000,000 euros, without a bonus.
This news is reported by the famous Radio Monte Carlo, otherwise, one of the most reliable sources in France and Europe when it comes to news from the transfer market. Before the leaders of the two clubs extended their hands to each other as a sign of agreement, Marseille refused Aston Villa 15,000,000 euros, then 17,500,000 euros with bonuses, and then pulled out a transfer of 20,000,000 European banknotes.
Sanson will arrive in England in 48 hours at the latest, after which the transfer will be made official. So, by Monday or Tuesday, it could be done. Marseille got a great price considering that Sanson is in the final year and a half of his contract.
Admittedly, Andre Villas-Boas will lose the standard first-team player and the first choice in the midfield, but now he will get the money to maybe finish some more work after bringing Pol Lirola and Arkadiusz Milik on loan from Florentina and Napoli.
Sanson was priority
The reason to look for an adequate replacement lies in the fact that Valentin Rongier and Michael Cuisance, among others, have not shown so far that they can be a solution for the problem in the midfield, and this especially refers to the former Bayern Munich player who still fits into the new environment.
Sanson's wish to play in the Premier League will be fulfilled. He had many chances to sign for English clubs, but will now be able to play at a club where he will not lose his regular starter status. Aston Villa put Sanson as a priority for this winter at the end of November, when it began to be seen that the French midfielder could leave Marseille.
According to claims from France, Villa coach Dean Smith is delighted with the arrival of Sanson, and he sees him as one of the team leaders in the rest of the season. He reacted positively to speculation last week that Smith could move to Villa Park.
"We will never say 'no' to a good offer and job," Smith said at the time, clearly alluding that he wanted Sanson in his ranks. Sanson played 157 games in the Marseille jersey and collected 25 goals with 22 assists. This season he has 17 matches in all competitions, with two goals and three final passes.