While many French football enthusiasts would argue otherwise, Nabil Fekir would be a top replacement for the Brazilian.
But Aulas refuted suggestions that Fekir would be leaving the Groupama Stadium this summer when questioned after Sunday's win over Troyes.
L'Equipe now reports that Chelsea have emerged as serious contenders for Fekir's signature, although Liverpool are understood to remain favourites to sign the France global if they hold on to their top-four spot in the Premier League this season.
Naturally, he's been attracting plenty of interest following his goal scoring brilliance in Ligue 1.
While further reports suggest Liverpool have reached a £65 million deal with Lyon to acquire his services.
Fekir's creativity, and his comfort in possession, could allow him to feed the likes of Mane and Salah in Klopp's lightning-fast counter-attacking system, while his overlapping runs would provide another outlet in the final third.
"Simply, when he signed his professional contract, we said on the day when he wished [to go], he could come to me to find an agreement". We always need his type of player.
Lyon CEO Jean-Michel Aulas has insisted there has been no contact between Liverpool and star player Nabil Fekir despite reports saying the deal is done.
And, just like Mane, Jurgen Klopp also weighed in on the transfer gossip. I would be surprised about that to be honest, ' the German told reporters at his post-match press conference.
"But no comment. What was the second name?"