Ismaila Sarr: Manchester United and Liverpool enter battle for Watford star’s signature

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Manchester United’s hopes of signing their number one transfer target Jadon Sancho before the transfer window closes on October 5 are diminishing by the day.

Dortmund have made it clear to United that they won’t budge on their eye-watering £108 million asking price.

Man Utd want to sign the England international, 20, but aren’t prepared to pay a transfer fee that they deem to be excessive.

Unless either club backs down, Sancho will remain a Dortmund player until January at the earliest.

With just over two weeks to go before the window closes, United are now considering other potential options.

And towards the top of their list of alternatives is Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.

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The Senegal international impressed last season, despite the fact Watford were relegated to the Championship.

The Independent understand that United would need to fork out at least £30 million to sign the 22-year-old, who joined the Hornets from Rennes in a deal worth roughly the same amount in August 2019.

Watford’s relegation has weakened their hand and Sarr is the club’s most valuable asset.

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However, in news that will no doubt concern the United hierarchy, Liverpool also want Watford’s No. 23.

This is according to The Daily Mail, who claim the Reds have enquired about the winger and discussed his situation with Watford.

Sarr, the Mail add, is being seriously considered as a back-up option for Liverpool’s front three.

The report also says that Watford would want at least £36 million for the attacker, who scored six goals and provided six assists in 30 appearances in all competitions last term.

Two of those goals were scored against Liverpool in February when Watford recorded a shock 3-0 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side.

But The Independent say that Liverpool’s budget is constrained, particularly after agreeing a deal to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

This, in turn, may put United in the driving seat for Sarr’s signature.

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