Report: Liverpool to face Newcastle problem for first time as Magpies eye 23-year-old
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Report: Liverpool to face Newcastle United problem for first time as Magpies eye 23-year-old

Newcastle United are ready to be a problem in the transfer market, according to reports. They supposedly have eyes on a reported Liverpool target.

The Daily Mail claims that Newcastle United want to sign Ismaila Sarr from Watford. This, of course, comes after the Magpies suddenly found themselves loaded with cash.

The Mail say Sarr is ‘firmly on their radar’ as Newcastle look to make their first waves in the transfer market. He’s been ‘prominent in their thinking for some time’, apparently, and that’s despite not knowing who will manage the team.

As for Watford, they don’t want to sell – especially not in January. They believe Sarr is ‘one of the top talents’ in the Premier League and that he could reach a similar level to Jack Grealish.

Grealish left Aston Villa for Manchester City this summer, costing £100m. Watford, then, may see similar long-term value in their player.

The Newcastle problem

Liverpool have supposedly had eyes on Sarr themselves and for some time now. In fact, the Echo claims he was an alternative for Diogo Jota – just one that cost too much.

If Liverpool wanted him then, you can imagine they still value the player. After all, there’s still room in the squad for a young, talented winger.

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90min claims that interest was still there in July. No, not the strongest source in the world but it’s entirely believable that Liverpool are keeping tabs on Sarr.

We’d be shocked, for instance, if they weren’t watching closely when the Reds travelled to Vicarage Road.

But no, we don’t know how strong Liverpool’s interest still is. What this is, though, is an example of the problem Newcastle United could offer over the coming years.

There’s little question that they’ll spend more on a player like Sarr than Liverpool will. After all, the Reds would want a squad option that can develop. Newcastle will want a star player and will pay as such.

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Shopping in this market just under the superstars – where Liverpool have had plenty of success – is now quite a bit more crowded. Or at least, there’s now a very big player shopping in the same market.

We saw similar with Manchester City’s ascent. They signed plenty of players from midtable or lower-end Premier League sides, such as James Milner, Gareth Barry and Craig Bellamy. Players who were able to contribute and help build the club up.

Liverpool typically sign similar players with a view to developing them up a level. Half the squad came from that bracket, including Jota. Sarr is of a similar ilk but as we’re seeing, the Reds now have major competition.

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