Liverpool have started the 2020/21 campaign in scintillating fashion, both on and off the pitch.
With a 100 per cent record in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp and the Reds were also able to successfully add the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota to their array of world-class talent.
Despite Liverpool’s business seemingly concluded for another window, the transfer rumour mill just doesn’t seem to stop, according to France Football, Liverpool have agreed a fee for Ismaila Sarr.
The report claims that Liverpool have negotiated a €35-40m (£36m) deal to land the Senegal international just days after signing forward Jota for a similar fee.
France Football have claimed that the club will agree on a £5.5m salary with the Watford speedster.
Sarr, 22, has been persistently linked with the Reds this summer and has 27 caps for Senegal, playing alongside Sadio Mane.
Both players came through the same academy set-up in Senegal and the talent spotter, Mandy Toure, who discovered Mane has also tipped Sarr for greatness during an interview with The Guardian.
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.”
However, reputable Liverpool journalist James Pearce has dismissed reports that Klopp is also in the market for Sarr after he confirmed that Jota’s recent Anfield arrival was the final signing of the club’s 2020/21 transfer business.
No, it was either Sarr or Jota.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 22, 2020
What RTK has to say
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, considering the structure of both deals for Thiago and Jota, Liverpool were only able to get both signings over the line after sporting director Michael Edwards negotiated deals that were paid in instalments rather than up-front.
In the case of Thiago, Liverpool agreed on an initial payment structure of £20 million with Bayern Munich which is to be paid in four yearly instalments which means the Reds 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 orchestrating 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.
Liverpool had been in discussion with Watford but the Championship outfit were determined to receive a significant down payment with sufficient add-ons which forced the Reds to look elsewhere.
It’s because of such financial complications why Liverpool quickly put all their eggs in Jota’s basket and is why there will not be another attacking arrival at the club, even if certain fringe players were to leave.
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