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Confirmed £17.5m Premier League transfer could lead Liverpool to next Firmino


Liverpool’s business this summer in terms of incomings may be over. But that does not mean that the rest of the Premier League are also sitting idle.

One of the newest members of the league, Nottingham Forest, seem to be plotting an ambitions plan to maintain their status in the Premier League ahead of their return to England’s top flight and that involves some savvy recruitment which could also put cash into FSG‘s pocket this summer.

Former Liverpool forward, Taiwo Awoniyi, may have been an enigmatic figure at Anfield, but since his departure from the club on a permanent basis last summer, the Nigerian international has hit the ground running with an impressive run of form at Union Berlin.

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His prolific campaign which saw him make 25 goal contributions in 43 games is now expected to net Union Berlin £17.5m with Nottingham Forest looking to wrap up a deal for Awoniyi. A portion of that will go straight to Liverpool as the club’s former sporting director, Michael Edwards, inserted a 10 per cent sell on clause into the deal with Union Berlin last summer.

A sum of £1.75m may seem meagre in today’s market (and it might actually be only 10 per cent of the profit that Liverpool take home), but as the common adage goes: every penny counts.

Liverpool, though, may not only benefit from Awoniyi’s transfer to Nottingham financially but his arrival could also trigger the club’s scouts to take a look at a potential future target in Brennan Johnson. Johnson caught the eye against Liverpool in the FA Cup last season, and he is a player who is of similar profile to Roberto Firmino — whose contract expires at Liverpool next summer.

Awoniyi’s arrival could bring the best out of Johnson with the two expected to form a partnership together and Liverpool could get a closer look at how Johnson would fit into the club’s system considering according FBref, Awoniyi is one of the top 10 players who is most similar to Darwin Núñez.

Johnson scored 19 goals and registered nine assists in 53 appearances for Nottingham Forest last season and if he can replicate anywhere close to that figure next season considering his versatility and tenacious playing style, Liverpool will struggle to find a better candidate to replace the potentially departing Firmino — especially one who is still so young and has so much room to improve at 21 years of age.

Awoniyi could help Johnson get to another level, and his arrival in the Premier League could end up not only bringing Liverpool further financial reward, but also paving the way for the Reds to find an ideal successor to one of Jürgen Klopp’s old guards.


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