Aston Villa midfielder expected to complete permanent exit this summer

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Aston Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson is poised to make his loan move to OGC Nice permanent this summer, according to a report by French news outlet L'Equipe.

The 29-year-old, who is a former France youth international, was given the green light to leave Villa Park in July on a season-long loan after falling down the pecking order.

He has since made 18 appearances in all competitions for Nice during the first-half of this campaign. They are currently sat in 2nd place in Ligue 1 behind PSG.

Sanson still has a year left on his contract at Aston Villa but most signs point towards him departing before his deal expires.

He moved to England in 2021 but has struggled to make an impact, playing just 23 times for the Villans altogether to date. The Saint Doulchard-born man also spent time away at Strasbourg last term to get some game time under his belt.

Prior to his switch to Aston Villa, Sanson played for the likes of Le Mans, Montpellier and Marseille.

Getting him off the books would be a shrewd move by Unai Emery and it would free up space and funds in his squad to potentially bring in other players.