As seems to be the norm every year with Marseille, the club is having to rebuild its squad from scratch each summer.

Having already lost Benjamin Mendy to Monaco and likely to also see Steve Mandanda, Michy Batshuayi, Lassana Diarra and Nicolas N’Koulou leave the club, there’s a lot of transfer business to be done.

Considering their lack of funds, a lot of loans with a view to buy are to be expected, exactly like what happened last season with Rémy Cabella.

Deemed a relative success, the Newcastle player will now join Marseille permanently, and Vincent Labrune is already looking to do a similar deal with Aston Villa, but this time for a more defensive player.

According to RMC Sport, the French club have made contact with the Idriss Gueye’s entourage with a view of bringing the player, one of the few regular performers for the former Premier League club last season, to the south of France.

Gueye is allegedly looking for a way out from the Championship club, but the player’s wages are proving to be a stumbling block for Marseille, meaning a loan with Villa paying some of the player’s salary seems the likeliest option.

Roberto Di Matteo and co. aren’t exactly thrilled at the idea of losing such an important player, but if Gueye pushes for an exit, they may not have a choice.

Marseille were one of the clubs interested in signing the 26-year-old last season, but Aston Villa’s financial power won the battle in the end.

The player made 38 appearances for the Villain last year, scoring one goal and picking up one assist in the process.