Royal Excel Mousrcon of Belgium in-form attacker, Taiwo Awoniyi is said to be facing a huge obstacle in his desire for a permanent stay at his parent club, Liverpool, as fears over Britain’s exit from the European Union (now tagged Braxit) could signal and end to his contract at Anfield.
Footballlive.ng learnt that Liverpool are keen on lining up Awoniyi for a full spell at Anfield next season, but their fears over a UK-work permit have now been escalated with worries over their chances of sealing a deal for him as a EU deal as well.
The option would have been to side step work permit restrictions and sign Awoniyi as a EU player, considering his status in Germany, Holland and now Belgium, but Brexit would men an end to all European Union relations for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Britain’s withdrawal from the European market would end their chances of getting Awoiniyi on an EU deal, which means they would then have to depend on getting him a work permit.
However, the 21-year-old striker is not yet a regular in the Super Eagles, which means getting a permit for him might not be plausible, and The Reds would be left with no other option by to sell the in-form forward.
Awoniyi has been in impressive form for loan club Mouscron whom he rejoined in January, leading to interest in his permanent signature from the Belgian side.
However, his progress is being monitored by the German Bundesliga duo of Schalke 04 and SV Mainz, who have also been impressed that he has scored seven goals in eight matches and two assists in the Jupiler Pro League so far this season, in which he again netted last weekend.
Schalke are in the driving seat to sign Awoniyi, with the club already in contact with Liverpool over a possible summer swoop for him.
The former club of Victor Okechukwu Agali and Chinedu Obasi (Ogbuke) have asked what it would cost to price Awoniyi away from Anfield, with The Reds quoting an initial €15m (£12.9m) for a permanent deal, though any deal would likely contain a significant sell-on clause.
Liverpool, though, are also open to another loan move for a striker, who joined them in August 2015, after winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013, and signed an improved five-year contract last summer.
All along, Awoniyi has not yet been able to obtain a work permit, and the situation could be further complicated by Brexit, which may in turn lead Liverpool to accept defeat in their efforts to keep him on their list.