Real Madrid ready to allow Liverpool £22m target to leave Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid will allow Theo Hernandez to leave the club this summer, according to reports in Spain.

Liverpool were among a host of clubs to have heavily scouted Hernandez two seasons ago during an impressive campaign on loan at Alavés from Atletico Madrid.

The Merseyside club, along with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real, all submitted offers for the full-back last summer, with Los Blancos winning the race for his signature.

But after just one season at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real will now allow the 20-year-old to leave with a buyback option attached to any deal, Marca report.

Hernandez was a key member of the Alavés first-team during the 2016-17 season, starting 30 La Liga matches as the club secured an impressive top half finish. Predictably, opportunities were not as forthcoming at Real last season, where the presence of Marcelo limited his game time.

The France Under-20 international started just 10 games in the league, with many of those coming when Zinedine Zidane opted to rest Marcelo for key Champions League games.

Zidane’s successor Julen Lopetegui is said to be satisfied with the option of the versatile Nacho to provide cover for the Brazil star this season. Marca report Real still have high hopes for Hernandez, but understand he may have to leave the club to fulfil his potential.

A buyback clause can ensure they remain in control of his long-term future, something the club have utilised in the past with Dani Carvajal and Casemiro, who enjoyed spells at Bayer Leverkusen and Porto respectively before becoming integral members of the first-team in the Spanish capital.

Liverpool’s interest in Hernandez is likely to have waned given Andy Robertson’s emergence as their first-choice left-back last season. The inclusion of a buyback clause might also prevent Barcelona, Bayern and PSG from reigniting their interest.

Marca state however Real expect a number of clubs to make their interest known in the coming weeks.