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Three potential Ismaila Sarr transfer alternatives following reports Liverpool have cooled interest

Liverpool’s signing of left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos on Monday showcased that the Reds are well-prepared in the case a primary target suddenly becomes unavailable.

Jamal Lewis of Norwich City once deemed the ideal candidate to help aid Andy Robertson in the left-back department next season yet within hours after a move was deemed unattainable, Liverpool quickly accelerated their interest elsewhere.

Tsimikas, 24, has been a target of the club for some time now after impressive scouts on several occasions who were regularly sent to observe former Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella who played with Tsimikas on loan at Willem II in the 2017/18 season.

Another recently relegated player that has reportedly attracted the attention of Liverpool is Watford’s, Ismaila Sarr.

However, the Senegalese ace may be considered an unlikely option following on from a report from The Evening Standard who claim Watford are commanding gn eye-watering £40 million asking-price if Sarr is to be lured away from Vicarage Road.

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If a deal cannot be completed for the 22-year-old speedster then Liverpool will no doubt have other targets in mind who could make a similar impact at Anfield next season.

Here are three potential Sarr alternatives that could be monitored in the coming weeks…

VILLAREAL, SPAIN – JULY 13: Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal CF during the Liga match between Villarreal CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio de la Ceramica on July 13, 2020 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal)

According to Goal, Chukwueze, 21, is a player who has been monitored by Liverpool in the past and is a player whose talent and promise could benefit Liverpool long-term.

He clocked up 42 appearances for Villarreal last season and was involved in 10 goals (four goals, six assists) helping his club-side to an impressive fifth-place spot in La Liga.

The Nigeria international is particularly outstanding at going past opponents and boasts an impressive output of 1.7 dribbles per game according to WhoScored.

In fact, only four players who made at least 30 appearances completed more dribbles per 90 minutes than he did in the Spanish top-flight last season.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – JUNE 14: Moussa Diaby of Leverkusen runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Veltins-Arena on June 14, 2020 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen)

Another potential option could come in the form of Moussa Diaby, the fleet-footed Bayer Leverkusen winger who has made excellent strides in 2019-20, showcasing breathtaking explosiveness as well as a good eye for a cross.

In just 18 Bundesliga appearances, Diaby managed to register a respectable goal output of 10 following five goals and the same number of assists in Germany’s top-flight.

Diaby, 21, was behind only Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz in the Bundesliga in 2019/20 when it came to players aged under 22 creating clear-cut chances.

Considering he is operating at a similar rate to two of Europe’s most coveted players suggests Diaby could be a target that represents great value for money if Liverpool were to swoop.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 16: Harvey Barnes of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Sheffield United at The King Power Stadium on July 16, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Harvey Barnes (Leicester City)

According to The Mirror, Liverpool have showcased a previous interest in Harvey Barnes of Leicester City.

Barnes, 22, has only become a first-team regular this season in Brendan Rodgers’ impressive side and has caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp with his energy and forceful running.

Considering Barnes is at a similar age to Sarr and will likely command a similar price it could be worth keeping the Englishman under tabs if Liverpool are to improve their attacking options next season.

In 24 PL matches, Barnes – who is valued at £19.8m according to Transfermarkt – was able to boast an impressive six goals and eight assists to help Leicester record their first European finish since 2016.

Liverpool know Barnes can play in various positions which increases his value as Klopp will be looking to add depth to his squad rather than his regular starting XI who are all pretty much undroppable following the Reds’ record-breaking 2019/20 campaign.

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