Morgan Sanson’s Aston Villa nightmare could soon be over with Turkish giants Besiktas in talks to sign Steven Gerrard’s Premier League misfit, as reported by Takvim. Turkey’s Super Lig has become something of a regular landing spot for English-based talent in need of a fresh start in recent seasons. And just a couple of weeks after Trezeguet left Villa for Trabzonspor, Sanson could also be following in the footsteps of Mesut Ozil, Wout Weghorst Alex Runarsson and co.

According to reports, Sanson emerged as target for 2021 champions Besiktas after veteran midfielder Josef de Souza was struck down with injury and a deal for German international Nadiem Amiri fell by the wayside.  The Istanbul-based outfit want to sign Sanson on loan, with an option-to-buy. Coach Valerien Ismael, meanwhile, has allegedly held talks with his fellow Frenchman over the phone.Developments are expected imminently. Potentially as soon as this week.

Sanson, who joined Aston Villa from Marseille in January 2021, has been a big disappointment on English soil. Big things were expected of the £15 million man. Instead, he’s found fitness and form almost impossible to come by. Sanson has not played a minute of Villa’s first two Premier League games this season, and now has Jacob Ramsey, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and former L’OM team-mate Boubacar Kamara ahead of him in Gerrard’s pecking order.

Sanson wasn’t even in the squad for the opening weekend 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth; Despite being, on his own words, ‘100 per cent fit and ready’. It is not certain, however, if Sanson’s move to Turkey is dependent on what happens with Dele Alli. Besiktas are in talks to sign the Everton benchwarmer too. But there is no reason why both players cannot slot into the same midfield; Sanson pulling the strings from deep while Alli goes about his business further forward.

Aston Villa are reportedly looking to sell Anwar El-Ghazi, Ashley Young, Frederic Guilbert, Bertrand Traore and Marvelous Nakamba too. Kortney Hause, meanwhile, could join Watford on loan.

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