Liverpool reportedly want Watford forward Ismalia Sarr this transfer window. That could mean the end of Xherdan Shaqiri at Anfield, however.
The Daily Mail recently claimed that Liverpool want Sarr. They don’t go into much detail, mind, but they believe that the forward is one of three main targets.
We believe there’s a lot of positive in the deal. And why wouldn’t there be? Sarr is young, fits the mould as an athletic, direct winger, and should drop in price after Watford’s relegation. Seeing as they paid £25m for him, he’d hopefully cost less than that.
The issue, then, is that there isn’t currently room for him.
Liverpool bringing in Sarr for their forward line would leave Shaqiri entirely redundant. They’re both most comfortable on the right-wing but with Sarr six years younger, it would make little sense to play Shaqiri.
Both would be squad players, after all, covering Mohamed Salah. Those minutes are far better served going to Sarr, especially when Shaqiri barely plays anyway.
And thus having the Swiss winger on the books just wouldn’t work. He wouldn’t have a real role and would instead just be wages that need to be paid.
In the current economic climate, that can’t really happen. The best option – by far – would be to sell Shaqiri, get his wages off the books, and use his fee to help cover Sarr’s.
Teams in Turkey reportedly want Shaqiri and could perhaps pay a price that significantly helps secure Sarr.
But however Liverpool do it, they’d need to move Shaqiri on. Whether that be on loan or an outright sale, there’s just no sense if having both Shaqiri and Sarr.