If Liverpool are going to sign Ismaila Sarr then the Reds could be forced into spending more than the £40 million asking price Watford had initially touted following reports from the Watford Observer.

The publication claim that they have been told that £40 million would not even buy Sarr’s left-leg amid growing speculation that the Senegalese ace is a prime target of Liverpool’s.

According to The Mail, Sarr has been identified by the Premier League champions as a potential attacking option to improve rotational possibilities next season yet negotiations are far off considering the eye-watering fee Watford currently demand.

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WATFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 29: Ismaila Sarr of Watford breaks past Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool to score his team’s second goal 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)

Price could be a problem

Liverpool had been hoping to secure the 22-year-old on the cheap following Watford’s confirmed relegation to the Championship yet the Hornet’s are remaining firm on their valuation of the player.

The deal hinges on whether Klopp and his transfer committee see enough value to warrant spending a substantial fee for Sarr. Liverpool could play the waiting game and hope the player potentially takes matters into his own hands and calls for a transfer request.

Watford bought Sarr for £30 million from Rennes last summer and he has had a number of encouraging performances during his inaugural campaign in the Premier League.

Gary Neville recently labelled the international teammate of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as a ‘big, big talent’ and believes Sarr will be a player that is sought out by a number of clubs this summer.

Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, reported by The Mail: “He’s a big, big talent, honestly he really is. He’ll be sought after and Watford will, I’m sure, cash in if they get the right bid.

“I always think, particularly as a wide player, what would I have not wanted to have played against? The first thing is pace. And then you’ve got to think about, can he use his pace?

‘Well yes he can, because he makes really good quality runs: the spin in behind, straight, but also the run inside in between full-back and centre back – which I always think is the most difficult to mark.”

Liverpool base all their transfer activity down to two determining factors; plausibility and cost.

Considering his age and undeniable promise, it could be something Liverpool see as a long-term option to potentially help aid the attacking responsibilities left on Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane who are all 28 and approaching the peak stages of their respective careers.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 14: Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action with Ismaila Sarr of Watford during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield on December 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Huge recommendation

Similarly to Mane, Sarr is a Senegalese talent that was spotted by scout Mady Toure, who also discovered Mane. He revealed to The Guardian that Sarr reminds him of a certain player that has gone on to win five Ballon d’Or awards and the same number of Champions League successes.

Toure said: “What I can say is that Ismaïla is a little like Cristiano Ronaldo. And Ronaldo is his idol. They have quite a similar way of playing. I said Sadio would blow up in England and I can tell you that Ismaïla will do the same.

“He will even win a Ballon d’Or too. He is fast, powerful and now that he has his bearings … and it’s only his first season, you will see how he gets better and progresses. I think he is well set to become one of the best players in England and the world.”

That is quite the recommendation. Sarr certainly represents the kind of potential Liverpool have looked to harness in the past and Klopp could look to the past to justify why the Reds should swoop.

The German manager made it well documented in the past that he turned down the option to sign Mane when he was at Dortmund and refused to make the same mistake at Liverpool.

The winger’s explosive play could make Liverpool an even bigger threat next season and more unpredictable going forward.

If Sarr was put into an attacking unit as potent and irresistible as Liverpool’s he really could take his development to the next level under a manager with as much experience and success with young talent such as Klopp.

It certainly is a transfer that a selected number of Liverpool supporters think the club should pursue even giving the hefty reported price-tag.

 

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