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Lyon’s chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, yesterday called on any Premiership suitors to formally declare an interest in signing Florent Malouda.

“I’m waiting on a call from an English club so we can sort out a meeting,” Aulas said.

“The transfer could move forward if there is an offer that comes close to the price I’ve fixed. On players’ values, I seldom get it wrong: today Malouda is [worth] £17m.”

Liverpool may be put off by the £17m valuation and might prefer Benfica’s Simao Sabrosa, who is available for £12m.

Whilst Malouda looks set to leave Lyon, the French champions are prepared to put up a fight to keep Barcelona target Eric Abidal at the club.

Lyon have rejected one offer from the Catalans and Aulas claims the player is staying.

The Lyon chief is also confident of keeping goalkeeper Gregory Coupet.

“About Eric, the door has been closed after Barcelona’s proposition,” Aulas added.

“Greg will leave on Wednesday for holiday, I have a good hope he will give his final answer before, as we have satisfied almost every one of his wishes.”

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