According to Bernd Leno’s agent, Liverpool are facing a vital period in their pursuit of the Bayer Leverkusen star.

Leno will be allowed to leave Leverkusen this summer, with the Bundesliga outfit willing to sanction his sale following the addition of Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt.

A cut-price deal is likely to be available for potential suitors if they wish to recruit Leno this summer, with a release clause of £22m apparently embedded in his contract with the German club.

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With a conclusion yet to be reached regarding Leno’s next destination, his agent has been delivering an update on his client’s situation to the Italian media, amid reports linking him with a move to Napoli.

Fabio Parisi, who is said to be playing a role in helping the Germany international in his bid to depart Leverkusen, told Radio CRC (via Calciomercato) about Liverpool’s interest.

Liverpool? We’ll have to see if they really want to pay the whole clause and this week will be decisive.

Leverkusen are in a position to allow Leno to leave, with Finland international Hradecky joining the club following a strong season in the Bundesliga with Frankfurt.