Lyon have told Liverpool that if they want Aly Cissokho then they need to make a bid.
The French giants have confirmed that despite intense speculation, Liverpool have not made an offer for the highly-rated left-back.
The 23-year-old French international has admitted he would like to make the move to England - but a deal does not appear imminent.
Bernard Lacombe, who is special advisor to president Jean-Michel Aulas and one of the power brokers behind the scenes at Lyon, says no offer has been made.
"If Liverpool is attracted in Cissokho, they have to come to us," he told L'Equipe.
No big deals
Lacombe did confirm that Lyon were no longer in a position to pay big fees for players, which ruled them out of the running for in-demand Sochaux forward Marvin Martin.
"He is between €10 and €14 million, it is useless. I had a few phone calls with his agent," he said.
"He told me the player is attracted to join us. But with such a fee, we don't have the right means. Yes, it is frustrating.
"It is the same with Nicolas Nkoulou, who joined Marseille. It was very close. We made efforts to match the l'OM offer but we couldn't."