Aston Villa midfielder’s transfer value plummets as Steven Gerrard set to make big decision

Morgan Sanson’s value on the transfer market has dropped to almost half of what Aston Villa would have paid for him according to the CIES Football Observatory.

Sanson struggled to earn a place in Villa’s first team after joining the club in the January 2021 transfer window for £16million from Marseille.

But he has only made 15 Premier League appearances and is yet to register an assist or score a goal.

Now, the CIES Football Observatory, which uses a scientific model to assess the transfer value of professional footballers, has ranked Sanson’s transfer value at around £8.5m.

The 27-year-old has only made two starts this season ahead of what is expected to be a big summer for head coach Steven Gerrard when it comes to making a decision on his midfield centre.

He has already been linked with moves for Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and if either of them arrives Sanson could be pushed further down the pecking order.

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Transfer journalist Pete O’Rourke has previously suggested Sanson’s future could be in the spotlight if Villa add a world-class midfielder to their squad.

He told GiveMeSport: “It’s going to be an interesting summer for Sanson if he’s not able to break into the team by the end of the season.

“There will be serious question marks over his long-term future if Villa bring in another midfielder, which I would expect them to do.”

Gerrard has previously laid out his stance on Sanson, having said last month: “The first time I met Morgan personally, I could see someone who was quite depressed, who was quite frustrated with the way his career at Aston Villa had grown up to then,” he said.

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“So it was really about sitting down with Morgan, having this one-on-one, this one-on-one, giving him this clean slate, guaranteeing him that he would get the support and the care he needs.

“I also assured him that I had seen enough of him, I competed against him for Rangers in a friendly, I watched Marseille quite a bit so I was very aware of Morgan in terms of quality, and he was about giving him a fresh start.

“He’s obviously had to self-isolate since then, which was a bit of a small step back, but to be fair to him, he’s worked really hard and he’s still pushing to be 100% fit.

“His training performance, his cameo performance and his first start for Chelsea for me was really impressive and strong so he’s going to be the one to compete for one of those places in midfield and I can only say that. see getting better and better with the more games he gets under his belt.

“It was just about resetting it and giving it a fresh start and trying to bounce a new manager around and I think he’s pushing for that.”

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