Liverpool must move quickly if they want to secure an Ismaila Sarr transfer, judging by a new report. The Reds aren’t the only ones after the forward.
The Harrow Times claims that Liverpool aren’t the only Premier League club wanting Sarr. There’s high demand, in fact, as multiple clubs recently contacted his agent.
Liverpool were supposedly one of those, along with Crystal Palace and Wolves. That wouldn’t usually be a problem for the Reds but it’s worth remembering that the latter two can offer Sarr something Liverpool can’t.
Namely, first-team football. Sarr wouldn’t be in Liverpool’s first XI and it would likely be a few years before he could be. As talented as he is, the Senegalese forward just isn’t on the level of the current front-three.
Both Palace and Wolves can offer him that, however, but only because of how they view Sarr. The duo each see him as a replacement for a current star. The Eagles want him in case Wilf Zaha leaves, and likewise with Wolves and Adama Traore.
And that hands Liverpool a golden opportunity.
If Liverpool do want Sarr as a squad option, they’ll need to move Xherdan Shaqiri on. They both play similar positions and there just isn’t room for both of them.
That’s a far easier task than Wolves and Palace face, however. Neither team will want to lose their star winger and thus they’ll put up a fight. They’ll want to go as long as possible without selling, in fact, so they can command higher fees. Or possibly not sell at all.
Liverpool can move Shaqiri on quickly, though. They don’t need a high fee and they don’t need to risk not selling him. In theory, then, Liverpool could make space for Sarr and do the transfer before either Palace or Wolves have the chance to offer him first-team football.
There wouldn’t even be a bidding war, in fact, as neither Premier League rival can bid until they’ve sold. That’s a huge advantage to Liverpool, then, as they can try and sign Sarr for less than the £25m Watford paid.
Of course, if the Reds splash the cash they can likely fend off both Palace and Wolves quite easily. They’re the champions, after all. But if they want to secure a deal at a decent price – and you can be certain they do in the current climate – then acting fast is in their best interest.