Neil Jones, widely considered to be one of the most reliable Liverpool journalists, reports that a fee has been agreed for Taiwo Awoniyi.
In many ways, I feel very sorry for the Nigerian as he hasn’t had the chance to make his mark at Anfield and despite finally earning a UK work permit, he is being sold to Union Berlin.
He joined the Reds in 2015 for around £400,000 but has spent his entire career with the club on loan ever since and now looks set to depart permanently.
The 23-year-old has since spent time on loan at FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Gent, Mouscron, Mainz and finally Union Berlin. During his loan exodus, he scored 39 goals and assisted 17.
Neil Jones reported for Goal on the 18th of May that with the Nigerian forward able to play in the UK, Liverpool had fielded enquiries from Fulham and West Brom as well as rejecting a £4.3million (€5m) bid from Anderlecht.
Neil Jones took to Twitter to report on Tuesday morning: “Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi is set to complete a £6.5m move to Union Berlin. Fee agreed, medical to take place later today.”
The journalist then added that the Reds have a 10% sell-on clause in the agreement with Berlin to protect them in the event that Awonyi moves on from the Bundesliga club in the future.
It’s a pity that Awoniyi was never able to break into the first team at Anfield and had been able to get a work permit earlier, there is a chance things may have worked out differently for him.
For Liverpool, this is good news as it means they free up funds and a non-homegrown slot in their squad to make a new signing.
Whether or not that is the reason they are yet go out and make another signing is unconfirmed but we could see some more movement on the transfer front.
For Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director, this means his plans for the Reds are snowballing as Marko Grujic reportedly caught a private jet to complete a move to Porto.
Liverpool are a sell to buy operation and this is something that frustrates fans.
Not because it’s not a perfectly logical way to run a football club – especially during a COVID-19 impacted market – but because the likes of Manchester United splash the cash every summer.