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Report: West Ham and Arsenal want 26-year-old Frenchman but £25m fee is a problem
Photo by Laurent Saccomano - OM/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images

Report: West Ham and Arsenal want 26-year-old Frenchman but £25m fee is a problem

According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham and Arsenal are interested in signing Morgan Sanson this summer. But the Frenchman’s £25 million price-tag could prove to problematic for both clubs.

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Hammers boss David Moyes will be keen to bolster his midfield ranks at the London Stadium this summer. And the same applies to Gunners manager Mikel Arteta at the Emirates.

West Ham have already signed Tomas Soucek. But with Mark Noble ageing, Carlos Sanchez having already left and Declan Rice continually being linked with an exit, the addition of another central midfielder would not go a miss.

Meanwhile at Arsenal, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torriera could be sold this summer (The Sun).

Morgan Sanson (Photo by Guillaume Ruoppolo – OM/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images)

And the Daily Mail reckon that Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson could be an option for both West Ham and Arsenal.


Sanson racked up five goals and five assists in 27 Ligue 1 outings for Marseille last season (Transfermarkt).

In those appearances, the Frenchman averaged 30.1 passes per game, with a very impressive completion rate of 85.9%. He also averaged 1.1 key passes per game (Who Scored).

The 26-year-old clearly isn’t afraid to put in a defensive shift either.

Morgan Sanson (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

In 27 league appearances, Sanson averaged 2.2 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game (Who Scored).

£25 million seems like decent value for the Marseille ace, considering how much of an all-round midfielder he is. But with West Ham and Arsenal both struggling financially, it does seem slightly unrealistic that either of the two London clubs will pay anywhere near that for the Frenchman.

Perhaps if Marseille lower their demands, however, Sanson could be plying his trade in the Premier League next season.