Liverpool are believed to be willing to allow Allan Rodrigues to remain on loan at Hertha Berlin next season, but have named their terms for a deal.
Allan struggled to establish himself at the Bundesliga club in the first half of the season, but has now carved out a regular role under Pal Dardai.
The 20-year-old has featured in Hertha’s last six games in the German top flight, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in four of those, after not turning out since December.
This was largely due to Allan leaving for the South American Youth Football Championship with the Brazil U20s in January, which proved to be a less-than-fruitful venture for the midfielder.
Due to his lack of game time at the Olympiastadion, Allan is highly unlikely to qualify for a work permit next term, meaning he will be required to spend another season away on loan.
And having witnessed his development in Berlin, Hertha are seeking to secure another deal.
But as sporting director Michael Preetz has revealed, Liverpool will only sanction a loan if Hertha qualify for the Europa League.
“We’ve lodged our wish to loan Allan for another year with Liverpool,” Preetz told Kicker.
“Principally, the English are up for it, but they would like us to be a guaranteed starter in the group stages of Europa League.”
Hertha have one game left to play before the end of the season, and would secure their place in the Europa League group stage with a victory.
That comes against Bayer Leverkusen, who are now all but safe from relegation after their 2-2 draw with FC Koln on Saturday.
Dardai’s side won 2-0 away to Darmstadt on the same day, ensuring they retained their one-point lead over sixth-placed Freiburg, who drew 1-1 with Ingolstadt.
Defeat Leverkusen, and Hertha will guarantee a fifth-placed finish, and therefore qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.
They would also still do so if they lost and Freiburg failed to win away to Bayern Munich—otherwise Hertha face a two-legged qualifier, beginning at the end of July.
If that is the case, they could face a frustrating wait to confirm Allan’s second loan spell, with the likes of Lyon, Everton and PSV Eindhoven already in the hat.
Allan’s time in Berlin has been largely productive despite his initial peripheral role, and the hope will be that Hertha qualify next weekend and Liverpool can rubberstamp a deal.