Telefoot says Villa are the Premier League club chasing Sanson.
Villa are set to open talks for the 26-year-old Frenchman this week, who is valued at around £22.5m.
Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas said: “We'll see. The transfer window is open, Sanson is a player who is highly rated in England.
"He is a boy who interests English teams because of his characteristics, and it is possible that something could happen."