Alan Hutton has tipped Aston Villa to make a tidy profit on the prospective £15million signing of Morgan Sanson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa and Scotland defender suggested the midfielder could improve his value significantly by playing well in the Premier League under Dean Smith.
As reported by BBC Sport, Marseille have slashed their asking price for the 26-year-old from £25million to £15million and are in talks with the Villans over a deal this month.
The former France under-21 international has been a regular for the Ligue 1 outfit but it is said the club are willing to cash in to fund their own transfer plans.
Hutton believes the eight-figure fee is more than fair and that Aston Villa could cash in themselves in the future for a profit.
“I think £15million seems like a good price,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“What is he? I think he’s 26, if you get him at a good price and he comes in, he does well, he plays the way that he’s showed for Marseille then you never know.
“In the next couple of years, there could be a sell-on there where you do good business. I think he looks at a real good prospect for Villa moving forward and he’s a player that definitely adds to the quality of the squad.”
Sanson has spent his entire professional career in France and has 220 Ligue 1 appearances under his belt to date.
A versatile midfielder who can play centrally or in a more advanced role, he has netted twice in 19 games for Marseille this season.
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