The newly appointed boss admits that his central midfielder could leave, but nothing will be clear until after the player completes his Team GB duties at the Olympics
Joe Allen could be on his way out of the Liberty Stadium after Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup admitted that he has yet to speak to the Liverpool target regarding his future at the club.
The 22-year-old, who signed a new four-year contract with the Swans in 2011, is a player whom former coach Brendan Rodgers had admitted he would like to bring to Anfield.
And Laudrup concedes that there would be little that he could do to stop the Wales international from leaving, should the midfielder want to make the move north.
"You can't say yes or no without having spoken to the player," the newly appointed boss told Sky Sports.
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"You have to know always what does the player want.
"If he says 'No, I want to stay, I'm so happy here,' then he stays. But, of course, if we get a very big offer and the player wants to leave, what means is there to keep him here?"
Laudrup also admitted that Allen's involvement with Team GB in the upcoming Olympics mean that discussions about his future at the club will have to wait until after the Games.
He added: "He's a guy from here and very respected but let's talk to him.
"Of course, we can't do it now because he's with the Olympic squad so we'll have to wait.
"Until now there is nothing concrete but if there does come an important offer then we will have to talk to the player."