Villa complete £14m signing of midfielder Sanson from Marseille

The Frenchman joins on a four-and-a-half-year deal after spending the entirety of his career so far in France

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Morgan Sanson from Marseille, the clubs announced on Tuesday.

Sanson will head to England in a £14 million ($19.2m) deal with the fee potentially rising to £15.5m ($21.3m) with add ons.

Upon arriving in England, Sanson has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal that will keep him at Villa Park until 2025.

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At Marseille, he made 154 total appearances, scoring 25 goals while guiding them to a runners-up finish in Ligue 1 in 2019-20 as well as a Europa League final in 2018.

“I’m really happy to be here. I’m very proud to join the Aston Villa family, and in the future I hope we can do great things together,” Sanson told his new club’s website upon completing his move. “It’s a magical club, a big club in England. When Aston Villa called me, I didn’t have to think about it for a long time – it was the best opportunity for me and my career.”

He added: “It was a dream for me to join the Premier League since I was a little boy. I’ve seen the games and I like the intensity in the Premier League. For me, it was a dream and I’m very proud to join the Premier League with Aston Villa.”

Internationally, the 26-year-old midfielder has represented France at youth level, but has not yet earned a senior call-up with Les Bleus.

Sanson originally joined Marseille in 2017, having previously featured for Le Mans and Montpellier earlier in his career.

“Morgan has performed consistently at the highest level in French football for a number of seasons as well as in this season’s Champions League, and is a player with the quality and experience to play in any midfield position,” said Villa boss Dean Smith. 

“He will add real competition for starting places and gives us more squad depth which is vital to competing successfully in the Premier League.”

Villa currently sit eighth in the Premier League, just five points off the top four with two games in hand.

Next up for Villa is a visit to Burnley on Wednesday before a trip to Southampton on Saturday.

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