Aston Villa signs Marseille’s midfielder Morgan Sanson on a £14m deal


Aston Villa have completed the signing of Morgan Sanson from Marseille on a four-and-a-half-year deal, subject to international clearance.

The 26-year-old midfielder joins for an initial £14m, which could rise to a possible £15.5m, and becomes Villa boss Dean Smith’s first January signing.

“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 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.”

Sanson joined Marseille from Montpellier in January 2017 and made 149 appearances for the Ligue 1 club, scoring 23 goals.