Liverpool have set an eye-watering price tag of £15million for striker Taiwo Awoniyi.
Despite joining under Brendan Rodgers in August 2015 for £400,000, Awoniyi is yet to even make his debut for Liverpool.
Work-permit issues have restricted the 21-year-old’s opportunities at Anfield, leading to five separate loan spells away.
His last such spell came at Belgian side Royal Excel Mouscron, where he scored 11 goals and assisted three in 16 Jupiler Pro League games.
That form has attracted interest from CSKA Moscow, but Liverpool insist they will not sell for anything less than £15m.
CSKA Moscow have enquired about Taiwo Awoniyi. Liverpool would want £15m.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) July 14, 2019
The Liverpool Echo say the Reds are ‘open to another loan move’ for the forward, with Schalke, Mainz and a number of French and Belgian clubs interested.
Awoniyi, who has four years left on a contract he signed last summer, admitted that his work-permit woes could dash any chance he has of playing for Liverpool.
“It saddens my heart that it’s been difficult to get a work permit for the past four years,” he told BBC Sport in April.
“At the end of the season we have to go back to Liverpool to discuss.
“Everyone knows the importance of the work permit and how it works, and that you’d need to play for your national team.
“If you don’t get a chance with your national team then it becomes difficult to get it.
“Personally, I chose Liverpool because I would love to play in the English Premier League for Liverpool.
“If God says it will happen then it will, but if not then I can only go on with my life and career.”
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