Union Berlin’s Managing Director Sport, Oliver Ruhnert has admitted that the sale of Taiwo Awoniyi in the summer transfer window is very likely amid speculation linking the Nigeria international with a return to England.
Newcastle United, West Ham United and Southampton have been mentioned as possible destinations for Awoniyi in a mooted thirty million euros deal.
The former Liverpool striker is having a banner season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions and became Union Berlin’s all-time top scorer in the Bundesliga when he netted the winner against FC Cologne at the weekend.
The Reds inserted a ten percent sell-on clause into the deal bringing Awoniyi to Union Berlin last summer and stand to benefit from his potential sale.
A fee of €30m would make Awoniyi the most expensive player sold by Union Berlin, surpassing the €6.5m they received for Robert Andrich and Sebastian Anderson.
Speaking to DAZN via Transfermarkt, Ruhnert said:
It’s a nice sum, I have to say. For us, that would be a departure into a whole new dimension.
Awoniyi was under contract at Liverpool for six years, 2015-2021, but did not make his official debut for the Anfield club due to a work permit obstacle.