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Date published: Wednesday 12th August 2020 3:24

Liverpool are emerging as the favourites to make a firm approach for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, according to a report.

The Senegal international is a target for several English clubs after his stunning debut season with the Hornets.

Sarr scored five Premier League goals and assisted six others this season, his pace proving a real asset. Indeed, two of those goals came in a brace to sink Liverpool to their first league defeat of the campaign.

Recent reports have claimed Crystal Palace are keen on the 22-year-old. The Eagles could look for replacements for Wilfried Zaha, who wants a move away.

However, the Evening Standard claims Watford could price Palace out of a deal, sending the Reds to the front of the queue.

Further speculation has said that Watford want £50million for Sarr. The Evening Standard has added weight to that claim, saying the Hornets want to earn more than the £40million brought in when Richarlison moved to Everton.

Either way, Sarr will not be short of interest considering Watford suffered relegation. The Hornets are looking to raise funds as they prepare for life back in the Championship.

Watford are in a strong negotiating position, though, with four years remaining on Sarr’s contract.


The Evening Standard also claims that Sarr watches clips of Sadio Mane on YouTube before Watford matches.

The pair both came through Generation Foot, the Dakar-based academy, in a bid to take themselves to the next level.

Indeed Sarr continued to follow a similar path as Mane, with a move to Metz before joining Stade Rennais.

The newspaper adds that the winger’s overarching preference would be a move to Liverpool, where he would fit in under Jurgen Klopp.

READ MORE: Agent working with Liverpool as Klopp closes in on South American star

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