Watford reportedly wanted an astronomical price for Ismaila Sarr, making new signing Diogo Jota a fantastic bargain for Liverpool.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. There, Watford Observer journalist Ryan Gray laid out the situation with Ismaila Sarr.
“A couple of papers were suggesting a £40million valuation, but I have been told by people at Watford that is a bit lower than their valuation – one person I spoke to said that wouldn’t buy his left leg!” he said.
“The sort of fee that they would be hoping at least to get would be astronomical but if a huge offer came in they would have to consider it, but it would have to be higher than £40million.”
This is all pretty relevant to Liverpool as the Echo also claims the Reds wanted Sarr. The Watford man was on three-man shortlist along with Jota and Jonathan David.
David would end up signing for Lille, while Jota would obviously join Liverpool. And going off Gray’s comments, that was absolutely for the best.
Sarr is good – potentially very good. But he’s nowhere near as proven as Jota. They’re close in age, too, as Sarr is 22 and Jota 23. So when you’re talking potential, there isn’t much difference in room to grow.
But while Sarr scored five goals last season and looked impressive at time, he’s not a proven quantity. Jota, on the other hand, has 16 Premier League goals over the previous two season. That jumps to 26 in all competitions.
He’s even got a history playing for a big club. Jota spent the 16/17 season with FC Porto, scoring nine times. That’s promising for Liverpool, given playing for a team at the top of the table is very different from playing at the bottom.
You play against packed defences and you’re under more pressure – it’s a different kind of game. Jota, however, has experienced it before. You can argue the same about his title-winning Championship campaign with Wolves where he scored 17 times.
So Jota has a better Premier League record, he’s more experienced, and is roughly the same age. If Watford truly wanted far more than £40m for Sarr, the £41m Liverpool paid for Jota is an absolute bargain in comparison.