Indeed, the Portuguese has revealed he wanted to start Sanson against AS Monaco on Saturday night in a game which could affect his own job future. Monaco eventually won 3-1, heaping more pressure on former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Villas-Boas.
"The club decided to let him go. It's hard.
"I asked Morgan if he had his mind to play, because the offer was on the table. Sadly he said 'Mister, honestly, this is difficult for me'.
"I told him I would let him out of the game, he was no longer focused with Aston Villa's offer."
For Villa, the negotiations remain on track, with it reported that Sanson was due to be flying into the Midlands early this week to complete his move. The 26 year-old is to sign a four-and-a-half-year contract. The fee is mooted to be set at £15.5m.
- updated January 26