Red Bull Leipzig want to keep Everton winger Ademola Lookman in Germany, having loaned the young Englishman from Merseyside in January.
Sporting director Ralf Rangnick told ESPN he will hope to conclude a deal with the Toffees at the end of the season.
“If it were down to us, I’d already know the answer,” he said. “But it’s not only down to us. We have no clause in the contract.
“I think that we can only answer the question once the season’s finished. It also depends on what happens at Everton.”
Lookman has made seven appearances in the Bundesliga since joining on deadline day in January and has scored two goals.
“Mola has shown that he is more than just a desperate last-minute signing,” Rangnick said.
“How he played during the second half at Bremen, I really liked that. And not only because he scored that goal.”
Everton boss Sam Allardyce had been reluctant to allow Lookman to leave on loan but granted the England under-21 international his wish.
Allardyce had been keen for Lookman to go to Derby County but the youngster was set on a switch to Germany.
Allardyce howeer admits “everybody has his price” and refused to rule out selling the England under-21 international but stressed the offer would have to be one that makes sense for Everton.
“It depends what we think as a board of directors and as a football department,” he said.
“Where are we going to go if we let him go?
“What are we going to do with the money that we’re going to accumulate from him?
“How much money are they going to offer?
“Everybody has a price so if the price goes to where we think we should accept it then I would recommend it but if the price doesn’t get anywhere near then we’ll have him back here and see how he goes on next season.”