It is reported today in Italy that AC Milan and Newcastle United are competing for the signature of Morgan Sanson in the summer.

The 20 year old midfielder has been arguably the star of Montpellier’s team this season and has scored four goals and added three assists.

Sanson made his senior debut at the age of only seventeen and the French Under 21 international is rated as one of the best prospects over the Channel.

The Corriere dello Sport say that AC Milan have moved ahead of Newcastle but Montpellier are asking for a minimum of £7m for their star midfielder.

After Montpellier’s owner Louis Nicollin’s disparaging comments about Newcastle both before and after Remy Cabella moved to Tyneside, it is difficult to imagine that he will be pushing Sanson in United’s direction.

However, as the Dele Alli (signed by Spurs despite claimed Newcastle interest/offer) episode showed, Newcastle will find it very difficult under Mike Ashley to compete for home grown players and so any future transfer activity in the summer is almost certain to concentrate once again on the weaker, supposedly more value for money foreign leagues, such as France and Holland.

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