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.
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.
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.
You could argue that both players would benefit the other team and they would both probably like the change too. I really hope we get Sarr.
— Simon Bray (@SimonBrayLFC) August 14, 2020
For me, it's a tough call between Thiago and Wijnaldum. I think if Bayern Munich lose Thiago, they would probably want to replace him with Wijnaldum. Not many other top quality centre midfielders are available. With Sarr, I think he suits our style of play better than Shaqiri.
— T J A (@TJAndrews93) August 14, 2020
It's all well and good having a huge squad but giving them enough game time will be an issue. U can point to the congested schedule but u and I both know Klopp isn't going to make 5-7 changes every game. We'll need someone like Sarr who's fitness levels are better and sell shaq
— Tom (@StarmanLFC) August 14, 2020
I’m all for Sarr coming but for the right price 40mil for a back up is crazy money to outlay IMO. Also Origi is not a winger he’s a CF so getting Sarr would allow that to happen more often for Origi. Also if We can Sell Shaq or Wilson to finance a 40mil sale then I’m game
— Marcel_LFC (@MarceP10) August 14, 2020
Can LFC announce Thiago and Sarr already..
— Lorenzo L (@LorenzoLazo) August 14, 2020
We are Thiago, Sarr and a CB away from a double 👀
— LFC (@KindomKop) August 13, 2020
Make the move @LFC. I genuinely feel we have a chance of retaining with this signing and Ismaili Sarr. Someone, somewhere in the board needs to act. We need this… our squad needs the depth and Jurgen needs the options. https://t.co/7PgKuB17Pw
— Big Nifs (@NifsBig) August 13, 2020
Sarr, Kabak and Thiago. GET IT DONE @LFC
— ً (@cslfc) August 13, 2020
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