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Premier League Aston Villa offered just £11.5 million up front for Marseille ace Morgan Sanson, according to La Provence.

L’OM coach Andre Villas-Boas broke his silence on the future of this all-action midfielder on Wednesday night. But it is fair to say his rather brutal comments were not exactly what Villa fans were hoping to hear after a week of incessant speculation.

“We had a very, very weak offer from Aston Villa, which we turned down,” said the former Tottenham and Chelsea boss, via GFFN. “It was pathetic.”

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Now, the Sun reported last week that Marseille value Sanson at around £25 million.

So it is no wonder that Aston Villa’s lowball bid failed.

Marseille may be under pressure from Financial Fair Play and facing substantial losses, but that does not mean they are willing to sell one of their most important players for a fraction of his market value.

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La Provence reports that Aston Villa offered a meagre £11.5 million up front; a fee that could rise to £14 million with add-ons.

This comes after the Express and Star claimed that Sanson had agreed personal terms with the claret-and-blue clad Midlands outfit.

Yet unless Villa are willing to raise their bid quite substantially, they have no chance of getting a deal over the line before the February 1 deadline.

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