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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  • mick57

    Another load of blocks and its not even the close season

  • Bills frollocks

    Oh, well isn’t that exciting news eh.

  • Bills frollocks

    Let’s all minds the rush for those season ticket sales

  • Jarmin Geordie

    “asking a minimum of 7m” that’s us out of the runing then

  • DownUnderMag

    Wow, literally as soon as I see “competing with” or a price over 3m quid I immediately switch off.  We NEVER compete with anyone anymore for players, and despite the Premiership having more money than Italian football at present, we don’t spend that.  Even if we could outbid AC Milan for a player, if a player chooses us over them then you question their motives, not to mention if we did beat them to a player, we would likely then see interest from the likes of Southampton, Swansea or some other club that is willing to pay higher wages or slightly larger fees than us and we will miss out like we have done with so many payers before (Remy, Gomis).   Plus if we do manage to pay that sort of fee for a player you can bet your mortgage that there will be some high profile outgoings to offset the cost.

  • prestondave

    Jarmin Geordie – we were never in the running. Fed up of these “non stories”

  • magpie9

    The press will just change the players name & print same story tomorrow, easy job being sport reporter, no accountability