Liverpool will extend Allan Rodrigues de Souza’s loan spell at Hertha Berlin for another season - as long as the Bundesliga outfit qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.
The Reds won’t be able to secure a work permit for the Brazil U20 international this summer so they are happy for him to return to Hertha for the 2017-18 campaign.
However, Liverpool want to ensure that Allan, who has only played 15 matches in all competitions this season, will be playing European football.
Fifth placed Hertha, who face Bayer Leverkusen this Saturday, will be guaranteed a place in the Europa League if they match or better Freiburg’s result against champions Bayern Munich on the final weekend.
“We’ve lodged our wish to loan Allan for another year with Liverpool,” Hertha sporting executive Michael 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.”
Playing in European competition next term would bolster Allan’s case for a work permit to play in England.
Rules were tightened for non-European Union players back in 2015. Points are awarded for various criteria including the transfer fee, wages, international caps, the level of the club they are coming from and whether a player has featured in 30% or more of the available domestic league minutes.
Allan joined Liverpool in a £500,000 deal from Internacional in his homeland in the summer of 2015. He had loan stints with Finnish side SJK and Sint-Truiden of Belgium before linking up with Hertha Berlin last year.
Source: Liverpool Echo
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