Liverpool have been given a fresh boost in their pursuit of Nabil Fekir after Lyon coach Bruno Genesio conceded that their captain has been offered the opportunity to leave this summer.

The Reds were keen to secure a near £50million deal for the OL skipper prior to the World Cup kick off last month only to see a move collapse at the 11th hour in dramatic circumstances.

The Reds are not expected to make any new moves - if any at all - until at least after Fekir's involvement at the World Cup with France is over, and OL coach Genesio admits their captain is free to leave if a "bigger club" wants to sign him.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Genesio is quoted as saying: "I am working under the assumption that [Fekir] will stay with us. He wants to take the next step.

"The president has offered him the chance to leave. We will see after the World Cup. If Nabil is here, it makes my job easier.

"I would be happy to keep him. I think that he is looking at two possibilities: to stay to play the Champions’ League with us or to leave to join a bigger club.

"I would have liked him to play more for France. There is still, I hope three matches to come with the French national team."

It was reported over the weekend that the Reds had re-opened talks with Lyon following the collapse of the deal last month.

However, those reports were wide of the mark and Liverpool are yet to reconvene with the Ligue 1 club's president Aulas, who claimed that both Real Madrid and Manchester United are keen on Fekir.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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