Aston Villa transfer target Morgan Sanson may cause “issues” at Marseille in order to force a move to the Premier League, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender insisted the midfielder would “love” to come to England because of the wages Premier League clubs can offer.

Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas told Telefoot on Thursday, as quoted by the Daily Mail, the Ligue 1 side had rejected a “pathetic” offer for Sanson.

Sky Sports now report the two clubs have agreed a fee of £14million rising to £15.5million for the 26-year-old, who is expected in Birmingham next week.

That huge move would effectively complete the deal.

Asked by Football Insider whether Villas-Boas’ comments were a bad look for Villa, Mills said: No.

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“Look at what Daniel Levy has done in the past and pulled off some fabulous deals.

“It’s simple, there’s a ballpark figure. You go in ridiculously low. The club go in ridiculously high. And if you really want that player you meet somewhere in the middle.

“That’s what it comes down to. If you’re a club that can afford to say no, look at what Borussia Dortmund did with Jadon Sancho they said ‘This is the price. Pay it or don’t.’ That’s it.

“For a club like Marseille, I’m sure the player would love to come and play in the Premier League.

“The player can then start to cause one or two issues to help facilitate that move, shall we say. That’s where it gets difficult for the clubs the can’t offer the same or similar to what a Premier League club can do.”

Villa made room for the potential arrival of Sanson by allowing Conor Hourihane to join Swansea City on loan, as first revealed by this site.

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