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Marseille sporting director Pablo Longoria insisted that the Ligue 1 giants will look to replace Morgan Sanson after his reported move to Aston Villa, while speaking to La Provence.

With every day that goes by, the all-action Frenchman appears to move closer to Villa Park.

Dean Smith’s side agreed personal terms with Sanson last week before finally striking a deal worth around £16 million (RMC). Only slightly more than the £14 million bid L’OM coach Andre Villas-Boas labelled ‘pathetic’ six days ago.

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Sanson was left out of the matchday squad during the 3-1 defeat to Monaco last time out and now appears to have played his final game for the 1993 European Champions.

But, with the clock ticking down before Monday’s transfer deadline, Marseille face a race against time as they look to bring in a replacement for their influential play-maker.

“We will try to replace Sanson in the next few days but the winter transfer window is difficult. If we have the opportunity to be active, we will be,” Longoria said amid links with Metz ace Farid Boulaya and Schalke schemer Amine Harit.

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“We have to replace him (Sanson),” added Villas-Boas. “I have conveyed my opinion to the management. I hope he will be well replaced.”

Given that Villas-Boas has suggested that he could walk away from the Stade Velodrome as he is unhappy with the club’s direction, Marseille would be best served making his wish come true.

After all, the former Chelsea and Spurs boss performed minor miracles throughout the 2019/20 campaign, leading an unfancied, ageing side to second place and into the Champions League group-stages.

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