Liverpool and Arsenal have been offered renewed hope in their alleged pursuit of Mathieu Valbuena, after Marseille's interim head coach Jose Anigo said that the player is free to leave in the summer, reports talkSPORT.
The 29-year-old midfielder had been heavily linked with a move away from Stade Vélodrome, having attracted attention from a host of potential suitors.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in bringing Valbuena to the Emirates Stadium during the January transfer window, as he looked to further strengthen his squad ahead of the club's push towards the Premier League title.
Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of the France international, and could rival Arsenal with a bid to lure the £10million rated star to Anfield during the summer.
Valbuena is under contract with Marseille until 2017, but with rumours that he's set his sights on a new challenge abroad, Liverpool or Arsenal could be a potential destination in the future.
"If we received a good offer, we won't force him to stay," confirmed Anigo in an interview with Le10Sport. "He has given a lot to our club so if he wants to he can leave."