Liverpool’s reported interest in Ismaila Sarr may have to accelerate in the coming days if the Reds are to compete with Premier League rivals Crystal Palace – who have identified the Senegalese ace as the club’s top transfer priority this summer.

According to The Mail, Palace have slapped an £8 million asking price on striker Christian Benteke in an attempt to raise funds for Watford’s Sarr in an attempt to bolster their attack next season.

The report also claims that Watford are holding out for £40 million on Sarr who the Hornets signed from French outfit Rennes last summer for a fee of £25 million.

Liverpool themselves have been touted with an interest in the Watford forward who produced two very impressive cameos against Jurgen Klopp’s team last season.

Sarr, 22, scored twice and assisted during the 3-0 win against Liverpool back in February which proved to be the Reds’ first PL defeat in over 13 months.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 29: Ismaila Sarr of Watford runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on February 29, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Does this change things?

It would appear that similarly to Norwich, Watford aren’t allowing their recently confirmed relegation to the Championship to affect the club’s evaluation regarding some of their best assets.

Liverpool recently fell short in their pursuit to land Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis following an unsuccessful £10 million bid despite the Canaries rating the Northern Ireland international closer to £20 million.

 

Because of this, Liverpool were prompted to walkway and quickly accelerated their interest in left-back Kostas Tsimikas who recently joined the Reds following an £11.7 million (BBC) move from Olympiakos.

It’s difficult to see Klopp being prepared to sanction £40 million on a player that is fairly certain to not be a regular in Liverpool’s XI unless serious injury were to occur to any of the club’s irreplaceable front-three.

If there is value in a deal and funds are made available following the sales of Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic then there could still yet be hope in Liverpool landing Sarr but there are a number of factors that will have to fall into place before any interest is deemed as pursuable.

Liverpool have demonstrated time-and-time again that they will not be manipulated by price and if they do not see value in a deal then they are not afraid to walk-away all-together.

Things can of course change, yet following recent reports, Liverpool may be forced to look at other attacking options other than Watford’s Sarr if any more arrivals are expected at Anfield in the coming weeks.

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