Aston Villa have opened talks with Marseille over a deal for midfielder Morgan Sanson. 

The French club are open to selling the 26-year-old to raise funds. Villa asked about Sanson last year and could strike a bargain for the £20m-rated former France U21 international with his contract due to run out in 2022.  

Sanson has been a key figure under Andre Villas-Boas, and helped them to a second place finish in Ligue 1 last season.