MARSEILLE manager Andre Villas-Boas has slammed Aston Villa's 'pathetic' offer for midfielder Morgan Sanson.
The 26-year-old Frenchman has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham following some superb displays in Ligue 1.
It is Villa who have made the first approach for the £20million man, but their offer has been met with anger by Villas-Boas.
"We had a very, very weak offer from Aston Villa which we turned down. It was pathetic," he told French TV channel Telefoot Chaine after Marseille lost 1-0 to Lens on Wednesday.
"I hope that he (Sanson) continues to remain professional."
Sanson has scored two goals and assisted another three in 12 Ligue 1 appearances so far in the 2020-21 campaign.
The form he is showing follows on from his stellar 2019-20 performances which saw him score five goals and assist five more during the shortened Ligue 1 season.
Sanson joined Marseille from Montpellier at the beginning of 2017 and was a part of the side that reached the Europa League final the following season, before being beaten by Atletico Madrid.
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He has also been capped ten times for the France Under-21s, but never received a call-up to the senior squad.
Villa are looking to add to their squad as they eye a spot in Europe for next season.
Dean Smith's team currently sit 11th in the Premier League table, eight points off Liverpool in fourth but with three games in hand.
Villa boss Smith was charged by the FA on Thursday after calling referee Jon Moss and his assistants 'clowns' following Bernardo Silva's controversial goal which led to Manchester City beating his side 2-0.
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