Sanson signs on at OM
Olympique de Marseille have clinched their first recruit of the winter transfer window: midfielder Morgan Sanson will sign from Montpellier on a long-term loan.
Olympique de Marseille's activity during the winter transfer window has been the subject of much speculation since US businessman Frank McCourt bought the club at the end of August, but now there is something concrete to talk about following the recruitment of highly rated young midfielder Morgan Sanson from Montpellier.
The French football world has been keen to measure the ambition of the club and new coach Rudi Garcia by the calibre of their winter signings, and the capture of 22-year-old Sanson on a four-and-a-half-year deal worth a reported €9m (plus €3m in bonuses) is a strong sign that OM are building for the future.
"I'm very happy that the first player to arrive in this transfer window is one of the most promising youngsters in the French game," declared OM president Jacques-Henri Eyraud, who will put the final touch on the deal after Sanson undergoes the customary medical on Wednesday. "We want to put our faith in the youngsters who will be a part of OM's project as we look to achieve our objectives."
Meanwhile, president of Sanson's former club Montpellier Louis Nicollin had nothing but good wishes for his former player: "Joining Olympique de Marseille was a great opportunity for Morgan, as it represented the next stage in his career. We wish him all the best for the future."
The former France U19 and U21 international has been one France's rising stars since making his first professional appearances with Le Mans in 2012, becoming a key player at Montpellier over his 105 appearances (13 goals) between 2013 and 2017. These numbers would doubtless be much higher had he not been forced out of action for most of the 2015-16 season with an ACL injury.
Sanson's Marseille debut could come as early as Sunday, when OM travel to Lyon for the 'Olympico' at the Parc OL.