Reports claim Liverpool could sell three players in order to meet the price for Ismaila Sarr. The forward could leave Watford this summer.
The Evening Standard recently said that Watford want around £40m for Sarr. That’s a huge amount of money and a fee that Liverpool would struggle to pay right now.
The Reds have a way to fix that, apparently. They will look to sell Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic this summer for around £50m, giving them the money for Sarr.
That trio hasn’t had a great impact at Liverpool over the past year. Two of them weren’t at the club, of course, with Wilson and Grujic having loan spells.
Shaqiri, however, is a different case. Injuries blighted his season, reducing him to just seven Premier League appearances and two starts.
But despite the three players not being first-team regulars, selling them to meet Watford’s Sarr price would be foolish.
The truth is, all three are good players. There’s a reason Liverpool can hope for £50m, after all – teams would like to have them. Grujic earned plaudits for his performances with Hertha BSC over the last two years, Wilson bagged seven Premier League goals, and Shaqiri carries a sizeable reputation.
But Sarr is still an unknown quantity. He got five goals and four assists last season – a good number for a relegated side – but those aren’t figures you’d pay £40m for.
The hope, then, is that Sarr develops into an elite player. He’d be an investment into the future, rather than the present. But Liverpool would give up quite a lot to get that.
Wilson and Grujic are only 23 and 24 respectively. They still have bright futures whether they’re at Anfield or not and we’re still not sure how bright.
Wilson, for instance, could do with some time at a club that isn’t struggling like Bournemouth. Seven goals in a relegated side suggests he could impress with someone a little better.
Grujic, too, could see his pricetag skyrocket with the right loan. A year in the Premier League could make him a very valuable player and even a real option fro Liverpool.
An injury-free Shaqiri could certainly play a part for Liverpool next season as well.
So Sarr wouldn’t just cost £40m but signing him would also mean the Reds miss out on the potential of three current players. They could all increase in value or even play a part with Liverpool in the future.
As Sarr isn’t a sure-thing anyway, it feels like a needless risk – and potentially, a foolish one.