It seems like there’s a talented new midfielder popping out from Ligue 1 every week nowadays, so here’s the latest: Olympique Marseille’s Morgan Sanson.
The (versatile but mostly central attacking) midfielder joined OM 18 months ago, and since then has continued the upwards trajectory of his career that began with Le Mans, overcame a cruciate ligament tear at Montpellier, and has seen him log over 200 professional appearances before the age of 24. He led Ligue 1 two seasons ago in assists and did the same in the Europa League last season as Marseille reached the finals.
Now Sanson is apparently ready for the next step. Rumors have him linked with many of the usual suspects, though Spurs are said to be in the lead right now as they can offer Champions League football as well as coaching by Mauricio Pochettino (unless he gets poached by Real Madrid). Neither Chelsea nor Arsenal nor Sevilla can say the same, and that could be decisive.
Tottenham pourrait tenter de recruter Morgan Sanson cet été, à condition que Pocchetino - qui est fan du joueur - soit encore sur le banc la saison prochaine. Arsenal et Chelsea le suivent aussi, de même que Séville, qui s’est récemment positionné. [@francefootball] #MercatOM pic.twitter.com/JmBW10dvz4— Le Journal de l'OM (@LeJournalOM) June 4, 2018
The report does not hazard to guess a transfer fee, but Sanson probably wouldn’t cost as much as other options, say, Thomas Lemar. Any team acquiring Sanson now would be buying in before the peak, which is exactly where Chelsea could look for smart moves. One to keep an eye on then, perhaps.