Liverpool will still be allowed to move for Ismaila Sarr after today’s transfer deadline. The Reds have reportedly considered the winger this summer.
The transfer deadline passes at 6pm today – or at least, one of them does. Premier League clubs will not be allowed to sign players from abroad or from each other but that’s all.
If clubs want to sign from EFL teams, then that is still allowed. It’s called the ‘Domestic transfer window’ and it’ll run until October 16th.
And it’s one that may interest Liverpool. There’s a Championship player they reportedly looked at this summer, after all – Ismaila Sarr. The Liverpool Echo claims the winger was on a three-man shortlist with Diogo Jota and Jonathan David.
Now, that article also claims that Watford wanted over £40m for their prized asset. We believe that means Liverpool made the right choice with Jota. In fact, it makes the Portuguese seem like a bargain.
But that doesn’t mean Liverpool couldn’t still sanction a transfer for Sarr, too.
The best thing about Sarr is his potential – there’s little doubt about that. He’s still only 22 but has years of Ligue 1 and Premier League experience.
In contrast, he only got five Premier League goals last season. He’s not the finished product but his pace, drive, and technique suggest he could become a very threatening player with the right development.
Liverpool will need that kind of player in the next few years. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are all pushing 30 – there are only a few more years left with them. The Reds need the next generation, then.
Jota is a part of that, given he’s still only 23. But Sarr could be that, too, with the duo potentially developing together.
Liverpool would need the right price, though. The hope, then, is that Watford decide they need or want the money this summer and drop their price before the domestic window shuts.
That’s the best-case for Liverpool. Sarr’s price will be lower if he’s in the Championship. If Watford come back up or he moves elsewhere, it would make it much more difficult to sign him.
You can bet Liverpool will keep an eye on things over the next ten days.