Liverpool have been in breathtaking form both on the pitch and off it following a 100 per cent start in the Reds’ Premier League title defence coupled by three summer signings who have strengthened crucial areas of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
The English champions have secured the services of Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota and there have even been reports that Liverpool could be set to make more.
According to France Football, Liverpool have agreed on a fee of €35-40m (£36m) for Watford forward Ismaila Sarr.
The Senegalese international has been one of the club’s most heavily touted signings this summer after impressing Klopp during Watford’s 3-0 victory against Liverpool in February – the Reds’ first league defeat in 13 months.
Capped 27 times for his national side, Sarr has reportedly agreed on a £5.5m salary at Anfield which would see the 22-year-old forward link up with his fellow countryman Sadio Mane.
Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has given his verdict on another potential deal for the Reds, just days after sporting director Michael Edwards splashed out £70 million in the space of 24 hours following the signings of Thiago and Jota.
Enrique was all for Liverpool recruiting their fourth signing of the summer window which is scheduled to close on October 5, and insisted that the addition of Sarr would represent the end of the Premier League title race after just matchweek two.
“If we sign him as well just give us the Premier League title and like this, we don’t make other teams and fans from other teams suffer”, Enrique wrote on his Instagram page.
What RTK has to say
Enrique has a point that the addition of Sarr to the team would undoubtedly improve Liverpool this season, but sadly we think this is a deal that isn’t about to gather pace anytime soon.
After all, reputable Liverpool journalist James Pearce recently confirmed that Liverpool’s transfer dealings were all but over following the £45 million signing of Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It just wouldn’t make sense for Liverpool to sign both Sarr and Jota especially when you consider the financial uncertainty in the current economic climate.
Also, the structure of both deals for Thiago and Jota must also be considered as Liverpool were only able to get both signings over the line after sporting director Michael Edwards negotiated deals that were to be paid in instalments rather than up-front.
In the case of Thiago, Edwards somehow orchestrated a payment structure of £20 million with Bayern Munich which is to be paid in four yearly instalments which means, in effect, Liverpool have secured the services of one of the world’s best midfielders for just £5 million a year.
With Jota, Edwards struck gold again after meticulously negotiating a deal with Wolves that ensures Liverpool have to pay just 10 per cent of the Portugal international’s £45 million deal in the first year.
Watford were not prepared to listen to such a payment structure with Liverpool as the Hornets want to recoup as much of the £25 million [BBC] fee they paid for Sarr only last summer.
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