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Man Utd decide to stop their pursuit of tricky Watford wide attacker

Manchester United have allegedly decided against making a move for Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr as they aren’t expecting any more ingoings or outgoings, despite the domestic market still being open until next week.

Premier League sides can still do business with EFL sides until October 16, including both permanent and loan deals.

The Red Devils were previously in talks with Championship outfit Watford over a loan move for Sarr, but according to Goal, the Red Devils aren’t looking at making any further changes to their roster.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made bolstering the right-wing position a priority in the summer transfer market, with Jadon Sancho the No.1 choice.

Borussia Dortmund maintained the Englishman was only available for £108m and set a deadline of August 10 for a deal to be done.

United did not meet the Bundesliga side’s deadline and instead looked to cheaper options. Sarr was one of the names on the list, and in spite of holding talks with Watford, no deal materialised.

United wanted the 22-year-old on loan, while the Championship side were only interested in a permanent deal.

United instead purchased young right-wingers Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellestri alongside Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles on deadline day.

Meantime, Borussia Dortmund attacker and Manchester United-linked Erling Braut Haaland has allegedly emerged as a future transfer target for Juventus and Manchester City.

While the Norway striker has spent less than a year at the Westfalenstadion, a number of exit clauses in his deal will come into effect from 2021 onwards.

His value will allegedly drop to €70 million (£63.47m) if BVB are able to retain his services until 2022.

Man Utd decide to stop their pursuit of pacy Watford wide attacker

Manchester United have allegedly decided against making a move for Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr as they aren’t expecting any more ingoings or outgoings, despite the domestic market still being open until next week.

Premier League sides can still do business with EFL sides until October 16, including both permanent and loan deals.

The Red Devils were previously in talks with Championship outfit Watford over a loan move for Sarr, but according to Goal, the Red Devils aren’t looking at making any further changes to their roster.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made bolstering the right-wing position a priority in the summer transfer market, with Jadon Sancho the No.1 choice.

Borussia Dortmund maintained the Englishman was only available for £108m and set a deadline of August 10 for a deal to be done.

United did not meet the Bundesliga side’s deadline and instead looked to cheaper options. Sarr was one of the names on the list, and in spite of holding talks with Watford, no deal materialised.

United wanted the 22-year-old on loan, while the Championship side were only interested in a permanent deal.

United instead purchased young right-wingers Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellestri alongside Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles on deadline day.

Despite not landing top target Jadon, the report states that Solskjaer is happy with his forward variants.

One of the main reasons they are not looking at making any more signings is due to the fact that the deadline to register their UCL squad is on Tuesday, which would bring in any new players after that date ineligible to play in European competition.

Man Utd could shell out £40m for Championship forward

Manchester United have reportedly made an approach for Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr as their hopes of signing the England international Jadon Sancho continue to fade.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Borussia Dortmund sensation his top target for this summer transfer window but the Red Devils have been unable to agree on a sum for the 20-year-old.

Dortmund’s board have allegedly maintained that Sancho will remain in Bundesliga, while United are unwilling to pay the £110 million that may tempt the Bundesliga giants to strike a deal.

With the summer transfer market set to close next week – and Solskjaer still keen to bolster the right-wing position – Manchester United have made an enquiry for Senegal international Ismaila, according to a recent report by the Daily Telegraph.

Sarr has impressed at Watford since his £25 million move from the Ligue 1 outfit Rennes last year but was unable to save the club from relegation.

The Hornets, now playing in the EFL Championship, are braced for official approaches for Sarr but will only agree to a permanent deal for a player they value at £40 million.

Manchester United beat Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday but there have still been concerns over the roster’s quality and depth after a slow start to the 2020-21 term.

Last week, Ole admitted he was open to bolstering his squad before the summer market closed.

Manchester United continue their Premier League campaign on Sunday versus Tottenham Hotspur and their former manager Jose Mourinho.

Liverpool withdraw interest in 22-year-old Watford winger

The Athletic’s James Pearce has apparently ruled Liverpool out of any continued pursuit of Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr.

The weekend arrival of forward Diogo Jota from Wolves, for a sum which could rise to £45m, was seen by many as the alternative variant to the Watford man but rumours circulated that Jurgen Klopp’s outfit were still in for Sarr.

But now Pearce revealed that the Reds made the decision between the pair and the club opted for the Portuguese attacker.

Sarr netted five goals and provided six assists last season as Watford were relegated to the FEL Championship and the 22-year-old’s exit from Vicarage Road looks almost certain.

The Reds pulling out of the hunt for the Senegal international could leave the door open for other PL sides to make their move, with Aston Villa touted as a possible suitor in recent days.

It seems unlikely that Jurgen will make any more additions to his roster, having completed the signings of Jota and Thiago of course over the weekend.

Departures seem far more possible before the transfer market closes as the Premier League giants cut both their cloth, and their squad size, accordingly.

Elsewhere, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits they “will have some fun” with midfielder Curtis Jones after the Englishman starred in their 7-2 Carabao Cup third-round win over Lincoln.

“First half really good, start of the second half really good,” was Jurgen’s assessment of the youngster’s display.

“There is still space for improvement but everyone knows my opinion of Curtis Jones, he is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him I am pretty sure in the future.

“Both goals were difficult, the second one the first touch was absolutely exceptional between two opponents and then he opens up and sees the opportunity and finishes it off.”

Liverpool surprisingly reach agreement with Watford for African youngster

Liverpool have “agree a fee” for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr “worth £36m” – days after the Portugal International Diogo Jota arrived from Wolves.

The Reds strengthened their attacking line-up over the weekend as the tricky winger arrived in a £45m deal.

Jurgen Klopp’s outfit already boast one of the best front-threes in football as Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane grabbed 57 goals between them last year.

But France Football have claimed that the Premier League giants are close to getting another goal-hunter in.

Sarr may have suffered relegation with his side in his debut season – but the Senegalese star impressed with six goals in 30 games.

And it has seen the Anfield outfit reach an agreement with the London outfit for a price which could rise to €40m [£36m].

Liverpool are even discussing the 22-year-old ace’s salary, according to the report, which could be see the player earn €7m [£6.4m] per year.

A deal for Sarr would see the Anfield side beat rivals Manchester United to his signature after the club were “offered” the player by Watford.

Elsewhere, Liverpool are reportedly willing to allow Harry Wilson to join Burnley on a permanent basis.

In spite of having enjoyed a productive campaign on loan at Bournemouth last term, the Wales international does not feature in the long-term plans of manager Jurgen Klopp.

That has led to the 23-year-old star being heavily linked with a switch to the likes of Aston Villa and Leeds United.

However, according to Sky Sports News, Burnley have stepped in to win the hunt for Wilson, who will cost in the region of £15 million.

 

Man Utd keen to bring Watford prized asset to Old Trafford

Manchester United have opened negotiations to sign Watford winger Ismaila Sarr with a deal for Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho looking increasingly unlikely.

Sancho has been the Red Devils’ priority target throughout the transfer window but BVB are refusing to lower their £108 million asking price and with three weeks left in the market, the club have scoured the market for alternative variants.

Gareth Bale was pinpointed as a target but the Welshman opted to join former side Tottenham on a season-long loan, while Bayern Munich are interested in keeping hold of Kinglsey Coman.

That’s led United to consider Ismaila and the Independent claim that discussions have been held with the Senegal international’s agents.

The 22-year-old star joined the Hornets for a fee of around £40 million and Watford want to recoup as much of that sum as possible this summer following their relegation to the EFL Championship.

Liverpool have kept a close eye on the star’s situation and Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign the player as back-up for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

However, the club spent weeks negotiating a reduced fee for Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara and Jurgen Klopp has little left in his budget after a £25 million fee was agreed.

That leaves the door open for the Red Devils and they feel a deal could be struck for closer to £30 million, should they feel all hopes of signing Jadon are over.

Sarr scored six goals in 30 games during his debut season for the Hornets last season and was one of the few players to impress as the Hertfordshire outfit were relegated.

Liverpool identify Watford star as January signing as they already in talks

Liverpool are laying the groundwork for a concerted offer to sign Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr in January, Football Insider reports.

The 22-year-old Senegal international is the subject of strong interest from the club as they assess alternative forward options.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider the board have held early talks about Sarr this market but have stopped short of tabling an offer.

He is considered as more of a medium-term transfer variant, especially if Watford continue to hold out for £40 million for their record acquisition.

Liverpool are reluctant to go that far in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has severely restricted their finances.

Watford have begun their Championship season with 1-0 victory against Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road tonight with Sarr still in their ranks.

The 2019-20 relegated side have less need to cash in on the super-quick forward after selling Abdoulaye Doucoure to Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton earlier this week for £20 million.

Liverpool have also shortlisted Adama Traore but Wolverhampton Wanderers value him in excess of £60 million.

Ismaila has climbed up their target list because of his extreme pace and ability to provide the cutting edge in the final third.

He is able to play on either flank and through the centre of an attacking three. Sarr joined Watford in a deal worth around £40m last year from Rennes.

His debut season yielded six goals and six assists from 30 games in all competitions, including a memorable double in a 3-0 walloping of the Anfield outfit that ended their unbeaten 2019-20 league run.

£40m Senegal international still interests Liverpool ahead of potential move

Liverpool have set their sights on signing Watford winger Ismaila Sarr before the transfer market closes, according to reports.

Sarr, who impressed in the Premier League last campaign despite Watford’s relegation, has also been linked with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Reports last month claimed Wolves were one of three clubs to have contacted Sarr’s agents along with Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have prioritised reinforcements in the attack for the upcoming Premier League campaign and previous week broke their transfer record to bring in highly-rated ace Fabio Silva from Porto for £35m.

Liverpool were mentioned with Adama Traore in recent months but a move for Ismaila, who would come significantly cheaper than the Wolves attacker, appears to be more likely.

The Liverpool Echo claims the 22-year-old is ‘under consideration’ by Anfield senior figures ahead of October’s transfer deadline.

Sarr scored six goals in 30 Premier League appearances last season having arrived as Watford’s club record acquisition from Rennes for £30m.

The Senegal international, who is said to be valued at around £40m, previously hinted he’d be interested in a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“Liverpool are a really great team, everyone would love to play there,” the former Rennes ace said.

“They won the Premier League this year and the Champions League last year. But there are other great teams in the English league.

“Frankly, I have yet to make a choice. If I am to leave, I just hope it is for a good team. At the moment, it is just guesswork.”

Liverpool thinking about paying £40m to bring in tricky African winger

Liverpool are allegedly ready to match Watford’s £40 million asking price to sign Ismaila Sarr.

The Senegal international is stated to be the club’s top transfer target as Jurgen Klopp aims to boost his attacking options and bolster his bench.

The Reds have also been mentioned with a move for fellow Premier League side Wolves star Adama Traore.

According to The Sun, it’s reported the versatile Sarr is the first choice due to his ability to play on either flank and through the centre of an attacking-three.

Sarr signed for the Hornets in a deal worth around £40 million last summer transfer market from Ligue 1 side Rennes.

However, the club’s record acquisition is expected to leave after just one season following their relegation to the EFL Championship.

The signing of Ismaila would go some way to improving the Anfield outfit’s issues with depth.

Meantime, Barcelona have been informed that they must hand over £90 million to sign Sadio Mane from Liverpool, according to a recent report.

The Catalan giants are said to have turned to the Senegal international as a potential replacement for Lionel Messi, who looks set to leave Camp Nou this transfer window.

Mane has played a starring role in the Reds’ recent success, but the 28-year-old is rumoured to be open to signing for Barca.

However, Mundo Deportivo claims that Liverpool are demanding a big fee for Mane, who they are under no obligation to sell considering that he has three years to run on his contract.

Liverpool considering paying £40m to bring in tricky African winger

Liverpool are allegedly ready to match Watford’s £40 million asking price to sign Ismaila Sarr.

The Senegal international is stated to be the club’s top transfer target as Jurgen Klopp aims to boost his attacking options and bolster his bench.

The Reds have also been mentioned with a move for fellow Premier League side Wolves star Adama Traore.

According to The Sun, it’s reported the versatile Sarr is the first choice due to his ability to play on either flank and through the centre of an attacking-three.

Sarr signed for the Hornets in a deal worth around £40 million last summer transfer market from Ligue 1 side Rennes.

However, the club’s record acquisition is expected to leave after just one season following their relegation to the EFL Championship.

The signing of Ismaila would go some way to improving the Anfield outfit’s issues with depth.

Meantime, Barcelona have been informed that they must hand over £90 million to sign Sadio Mane from Liverpool, according to a recent report.

The Catalan giants are said to have turned to the Senegal international as a potential replacement for Lionel Messi, who looks set to leave Camp Nou this transfer window.

Mane has played a starring role in the Reds’ recent success, but the 28-year-old is rumoured to be open to signing for Barca.

However, Mundo Deportivo claims that Liverpool are demanding a big fee for Mane, who they are under no obligation to sell considering that he has three years to run on his contract.