Morgan Sanson could be on his way of swapping Olympique Marseille for the lure of playing in the Premier League, with Arsenal leading the race for his signature.
Arsenal could be Morgan Sanson’s next destination after the FA Cup winners expressed transfer interest in the former Montpellier star.
Mikel Arteta is keen on recalibrating his midfield after freezing out Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil.
With Lucas Torreira also seemingly moving towards the Emirates exit, the Spanish manager needs to reinforce his options for the center of the park.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have joined West Ham, Burnley, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Fulham in the race for 26-year-old Sanson.
After West Ham and Burnley both dropped their interest in the versatile attacking-minded midfielder due to Marseille’s £25million valuation, the Gunners are now the front-runners in the chasing pack.
The London outfit showed no signs of being overawed by the French side’s asking price and will be looking to pursue a deal to bring Sanson to England.
The Frenchman has been vital to Andre Villas-Boas’ tactical set-up at the Stade Velodrome, recording five goals and five assists in 27 Ligue 1 appearances last season.
Despite establishing himself as an indispensable first-team member, Sanson could fall victim to Marseille’s financial collapse caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Les Phoceens are looking to offload some of their first-team stars to balance the books and remain within financial fair play regulations.
Arsenal are also interested in Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and wantaway Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara.
However, they’ve already been put off by Partey’s high price tag while signing Thiago would require them to outfox stiff competition form Liverpool.