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Aston Villa agree to £ 15.5million in charges for Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson

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Aston Villa are getting closer to signing Morgan Sanson after agreeing to £ 15.5million in fees with Marseille for the midfielder.

Sanson is entering the final 18 months of his deal with the French side and has been linked with a move to Villa in addition to Premier League rivals Arsenal, Tottenham, Wolves and West Ham.

Villa has already had an offer of € 13million (£ 11.5million) plus € 3million for the 26-year-old rejected by Marseille, which manager Andre Villas-Boas called “very, very weak “.

Villas-Boas slammed Villa's first offer for Sanson
Villas-Boas slammed Villa’s first offer for Sanson | JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / Getty Images

however, 90 mins have been told the Villans have returned and have agreed to a £ 14million (€ 15.7million) fee improvement up to £ 15.5million with Marseille. Sanson is due to arrive in Birmingham next week to complete the move.

Speaking on Wednesday after Marseille’s 1-0 loss to Lens, Villas-Boas confirmed that Villa made an offer for Sanson, but added that it was far below the mark.

“We had a very, very weak offer from Villa which we turned down,” the former Chelsea boss said (via Birmingham Live). “It was pathetic. I hope he [Sanson] continues to remain professional. “

Sanson operates primarily as a number eight and has made 12 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille this season, recording two goals and three assists. The French midfielder has been in Marseille for four years after joining Montpellier for € 9m in January 2017.

Villa boss Dean Smith chose not to respond to Villas-Boas’ comments at Friday’s pre-game press conference, but hinted earlier in the week that a new arrival could be a possibility if the price is correct.

“I think I always said it would be a quiet window for us,” Smith said (via Birmingham Live). “Our plans are already looking forward to the summer window and what we’re going to do there. But we’re never going to push the nose at value for money to bring in a player. “