Morgan Sanson’s move to Aston Villa was confirmed on Tuesday and Marseille sporting director Pablo Longoria admits that it will not be easy for Ligue 1 to replace him

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Marseille sporting director Pablo Longoria has admitted that the Ligue 1 side are having a “difficult” time Duty on their hands to replace Morgan Sanson after the midfielder signs for Aston Villa

The 26-year-old’s move to Villa Park was confirmed Tuesday after the two clubs agreed a £ 14m transfer fee for the former France youth international, which rose to £ 155m with add-ons

Villa was prepared for a quiet January after such a successful summer window but remained vigilant of what head coach Dean Smith called “value for money” Offers – and with Marseille’s asking price for Sanson previously almost double that fee, Villa feels like it has just that

Marseille will be trying to find a replacement for Sanson in the last few days of the window but Longoria says it won’t be easy

“We will try to replace Sanson in the next few days but the winter transfer window is difficult,” he told La Provence If we have the opportunity to be active, it will be usâ ????

The manager of the Champions League club, Andre Villa-Boas, is said to have been “angry” over the weekend when details of the deal became known and he was forced to keep Sanson out of the squad because of the 3-1 loss to Monaco

“We have to replace him” said Villas-Boas I gave my opinion to the management I hope he will be replaced wellâ ????

Sanson arrives with a lot of experience in the top French league with Marseille and earlier Montpellier. He has made 187 Ligue 1 starts and has competed regularly with Marseille in Europe

Speaking to Villa TV, he said, “It’s a mythical club and a big club in England. When Aston Villa called me I didn’t think about it for a long time. It was the best opportunity for me and for my career I’m taking this Challenge directly to ????

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