The Senegal midfielder had impressive statistics from his first season in the Premier League.
Arsenal's Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye
The Senegal international has been linked with a move to the French side this summer after Villa’s relegation to the Championship.
West Brom's Claudio Yacob in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye
However, a report from Le Phoceen is now suggesting that Gueye is only being considered as a plan B by the French side.
The club are in fact far more interested in bringing Hungarian talent Adam Nagy to the Stade Velodrome, after his promising showing for his nation at Euro 2016.
Belgium's Eden Hazard in action with Hungary's Adam Nagy
Gueye will only be targeted if Marseille fail to get hold of their first choice target.
Not many of Aston Villa’s recruits last summer came out of last season with any credit – as the side were relegated to the Championship.
Leicester City's Ngolo Kante in action with Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri
But Gueye, who arrived from Lille last July, was praised mainly due to his impressive statistics in the league – which were comparable to the excellent N’Golo Kante at title winning Leicester City.
Villa will be hoping to keep hold of the player for their fight in the second-tier, as they look to earn immediate promotion back to the Championship under Roberto Di Matteo.