Watford forward Ismaila Sarr was on the verge of joining Liverpool in the January transfer window, according to reports. The English champions, however, baulked at his £35 million price tag.
This comes from the player’s agent, Thierno Seydi, per PanAfrican Football. They claim that Sarr was at a stage of signing a contract at Anfield, with Sarr’s international teammate, Sadio Mane reportedly looking to find him an apartment on Merseyside.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with the Senegalese forward for some time now, after Sarr ripped Klopp’s back-line to shreds following a 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road last year.
The Athletic reported last summer that Liverpool were torn between Sarr and Diogo Jota, in regards to a viable attacking acquisition. In the end, the Reds went with the latter which temporarily put an end to links with the Watford speedster.
Sarr was even likened to Cristiano Rolando by Senegalese talent spotter, Mandy Toure, who recently tipped the Watford forward for greatness during an interview with The Guardian.
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However, with Jota currently injured, and Liverpool’s pedigreed front-three not quite firing on all cylinders, sporting director Michael Edwards renewed his interest in Sarr during last month’s transfer window.
“With Liverpool, a few days ago, we were at the stage of signing the contract to bind the Reds to Ismaila Sarr,” explained Seydi, who claims that a deal was nearly completed.
“Everything was done, the monthly salary and the length of the contract. I even asked Sadio Mane to find him an apartment.
“But, in the end, the English club could not put 40 million euros (£35 million) on the table to finalise this case.”
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According to Sarr’s agent, the ongoing pandemic has limited Liverpool’s financial constraints, which in effect, was why the club could sanction a deal.
The former Rennes forward, then, will continue to showcase his quality in the Championship for the next few months.
Given his age and continued improvement, there is no reason to say why Liverpool cannot explore the option to sign Sarr again in the summer.
Part of the problem during his time in the Premier League was that his end product was wide off the mark.
Right now, in the Championship, Sarr has made modest improvments.
In total, Sarr has clocked up five goals and six assists in 24 appearances this season – the best return rate for any Watford player.
So, it seems that if Sarr can continue to perform at an upward trajectory, then it’s very possible that Liverpool and Klopp could come calling again in the summer.