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Report: Liverpool get second chance at Ismaila Sarr transfer

Liverpool have another chance to sign Ismaila Sarr in the transfer window, according to reports. The Reds supposedly wanted the player last year.

This comes from the Athletic. They claim that Watford could sell Ismaila Sarr in the upcoming transfer window.

Not that the Hornets want to, however. They’re merely ‘realistic’ about his future. The plan isn’t to sell but should someone come in with a sizeable offer, they’d be open to a deal.

That will interest Liverpool. As the report mentions, the Reds chased Sarr last year – not that they were alone in that.

Manchester United, too, liked the look of Sarr. With the player available at the right offer, both clubs will surely look into this one.

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Ismaila Sarr to Liverpool?

This one sounds very reasonable and quite unlikely thanks to the same reports from a year ago. As the Liverpool Echo mentioned back then, the Reds had Sarr as one of their top options for boosting their attack.

That suggests they rate him very highly and with that in mind, they’d surely go for him again this time around.

However, Sarr was on that shortlist along with Diogo Jota, a player Liverpool signed. The spot they sought Sarr for is now filled, then.

With that in mind, Liverpool would need to rate Sarr incredibly highly to effectively double-down on attacking options.

But maybe it’s not quite doubling down. Sarr typically plays on the other flank to Jota, after all, while he’s more of a physical presence, too. Having one doesn’t necessarily rule out the other.

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Liverpool will almost certainly look at another attack this summer. The Daily Mail reports that both Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi will leave, opening up a spot that Sarr could easily fill.

The big question, then, is surely the price. The Athletic say Sarr is available as long as someone meets Watford’s price – but they don’t mention what that could be.

It won’t be cheap. Sarr is still only 23 and coming off a season where he’s scored 13 goals en route to promotion from the Championship. Watford will want an awful lot of money.

Again, then, it comes down to how much Liverpool like Sarr. If they rate him as a potential star, then maybe £40m or £50m isn’t too much.

They paid £41m for Jota, after all. For the right player, they’ll pay that.

So this is one to watch. If Liverpool do want to boost their attack once again, returning to last year’s shortlist makes sense.

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