In one of the more intriguing transfer rumours to materialise, is that of Watford’s rising star Ismaila Sarr.
Sarr remains heavily linked with a move to Anfield, but the latest news emanating from the French press indicates that Villa have entered the race with an audacious offer.
It is thought that Watford have already agreed a fee with Jurgen Klopp’s club, thought to be in the region of £32m-£26m. Liverpool are yet to finalise personal terms with the winger, with an annual wage expectation of between €6-€7m cited.
The appeal of joining the former European Champions and current Premier League winners no doubt appeal, but Villa have entered the race with the significant lure of regular first team football. Not to mention a possible higher bid.
Indeed, whilst funding the fee appears of no concern due to the current owners’ deep pockets, structuring an alluring deal to turn the 22 year olds head towards Villa Park would represent the most challenging aspect.
However, Villa could certainly offer Sarr guaranteed first team action, with the recent win over Burton illustrating that the squad is decidedly limited once the fringe players feature. Further, whilst Villa’s first PL victory over Sheffield United was obviously welcome, the midfield was crying out for variety.
Liverpool, by contrast, have a settled squad, and recently recruited Wolves’ Jota and continue to seek to add the likes of Barcelona’s Dembele to their ranks. Sarr might reasonably find himself warming the bench, or at best rotating amongst some of the best global midfield talent.
Sarr was a standout player in a Watford side that struggled last season before suffering relegation. Many will recall that the London club recruited Nigel Pearson to drag them out of the drop-zone, only to inexplicably sack the manager ahead of their final run in.
The former Stade Rennais attacker grabbed five goals and six assists in the Premier League last term.
With Manchester United and Everton also having been offered the player too, Villa will need to act swiftly and decisively if this rumour for the Senegalese international can come to anything at all. Any move would cost Villa a cool £36m+
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