Report claims Aston Villa's new owner Tony Xia tried to buy Marseille in February

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conference

The French club are currently looking for a new owner.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conferenceNew manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conference

Aston Villa were bought this summer by Dr Tony Xia as the club look to rebuild after a horrific end to Randy Lerner’s spell in charge of the Midlands club.

The club are now excited about the future under the Chinese owner, who appointed Roberto Di Matteo to guide the club back to the top-flight.

Xia Jiantong, the chairman of Recon Group, who has agreed to buy English soccer club Aston Villa, poses for pictures in his office in BeijingXia Jiantong, the chairman of Recon Group, who has agreed to buy English soccer club Aston Villa, poses for pictures in his office in Beijing

But it appears as though Xia could have taken charge of another club before he became the Villa owner.

L’Equipe reported, as relayed by But Football Club, that Tony Xia made a proposition to buy troubled French club Marseille in February.

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi

But Marseille refused Xia and his associates the opportunity to take a look at the books at the Ligue 1 club before making a move and a deal fell apart.

(L - R) New chief executive Keith Wyness, new manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference(L - R) New chief executive Keith Wyness, new manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

Xia moved on to Aston Villa but Marseille are now in danger of losing some of their top players before the end of the month – with the likes of Michy Batshuayi under the radar of several top European clubs.

Villa fans will be hoping that Marseille’s loss is their gain as they look to return to the top-flight at the first time of asking.

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