Marseille target Morgan Sanson replacement as Aston Villa transfer talks continue
Marseille are on the hunt for a midfielder as Aston Villa set to return with an improved offer for Morgan Sanson.
Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas shamed Villa’s advances to his No.8 on TV this week and said: “We had a very, very small offer from Aston Villa which we turned down. It was pathetic. “
Sanson, meanwhile, has been followed by Villa throughout the January transfer window, with Villa keen to profit from the collapse of the € 330million televised deal over Ligue 1 clubs, resulting in forced teams to raise funds elsewhere.
Sanson, a former French under-21 international, still has an 18-month contract at the Stade Vélodrome. The 26-year-old played the 90 minutes of Marseille’s 1-0 home defeat to Lens in midweek.
As for Villa’s offer, reports in France have shown how they offered Marseille € 13million with € 3million in extras, however, he was dismissed this week knowing that the former club de Sanson, Montpellier, would be entitled to a reduction of any Marseille receives for his player.
French journalist Nabil Djellit, from France Football , reports that Marseille would like a guaranteed fee of 17million euros (£ 15million) for a player once valued at around 35million euros.
Marseille travel to Monaco tomorrow and, ahead of this match, Téléfoot claimed that the Phocéens had identified Schalke’s attacking midfielder Amine Harit in the event of Sanson leaving for Villa if that were to happen.
The German club is, according to Téléfoot, open to a loan deal, but the agreement to bring Harit to Marseille has encountered a problem on wages. Marseille are actively seeking potential replacements for Sanson as negotiations with Villa continue.
Villa boss Dean Smith was asked if he would respond to Villas-Boas’ remarks about Villa’s “pathetic offer” midweek, to which he replied, “No, not really”.