Ismaila Sarr to Aston Villa: Manchester United intervention, £40m fee, winger considered – Birmingham Live

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr continues to be linked with a move to Aston Villa.

The Senegal international was mentioned as a transfer target for Dean Smith’s side earlier this week in a report by French publication France Football.

Liverpool have been credited with a long-time interest in Sarr but following the arrival of Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers, a move looks off the cards for now.

Bookmaker SkyBet have Villa at incredibly short odds of 2/5 to sign Sarr before the window closes in October.

Sarr scored five goals and registered six assists for Watford last season in a campaign that ended in relegation for the 22 year-old.

Here’s the latest and what has been said about Villa’s reported interest in Sarr…

Manchester United ‘make enquiry’

Sarr is now being linked with a potential move to Old Trafford.

The Telegraph is reporting United have asked Watford about Sarr’s availability now that Liverpool have dropped out of the race for the winger.

United are believed to be preparing a £90million bid for Jadon Sancho this week in the hope that Borussia Dortmund will relax their asking price.

But if that doesn’t happen, Sarr is seen as a cut-price alternative at around £40million for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Villa ‘enter race’

Reports on Tuesday claimed Villa are interested in signing the 22 year-old before next month’s transfer deadline.

Villa completed the signing of Bertrand Traore from Lyon last Saturday to boost Smith’s options out wide but France Football state a move for Sarr is being considered.

They say Villa are ‘ready to outbid’ rival suitors for Sarr and hold the advantage of being able to offer him first-team football.

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Odds tumble

Bookmaker SkyBet has Sarr at a very short 2/5 to sign for Villa this summer as of Friday, September 25 2020.

Liverpool and Manchester United are a long 8/1 by comparison.

Borussia Dortmund, Olympique Lyon and Napoli are 20/1 while Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Leicester City are 25/1.

Tottenham Hotspur are the team least fancied to land Sarr at 33/1.

Liverpool ‘drop’ interest

The same report from France said Liverpool had ‘agreed’ a deal to take Sarr to Anfield.

But The Athletic state Jurgen Klopp’s side no longer consider Sarr to be a target after signing Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Liverpool had the choice of the two players but decided to go for Jota, who joined earlier this month in a deal that could reach £45million with add-ons.

Watford ‘drop asking price’

The Championship side have reportedly relaxed their demands for Sarr, but not by much.

The Sun reports Watford are ready to accept £35million to sell the player in the final stages of the window having previously asked for £40million.

It is claimed Sarr ‘wanted’ to move to Liverpool before the Reds opted for Jota.

Watford boss addresses speculation

Watford manager Vladimir Ivic previously admitted Sarr was not part of his plans because of the transfer speculation surrounding the winger before he made his first appearance of the season at the weekend.

Ivic was asked about Sarr and captain Troy Deeney – who is also being linked with a move away from the club – in a recent press conference.

He said: “At this moment I cannot count on them. That means from my first day here I am only thinking about players that are available to play.

“So what will happen before the end of the transfer window? Will they be with us or not? From the moment when I have a player that is ready to play for Watford FC, I start to count on them and I start thinking about him.

“If at the moment he is in another group because of different reasons I don’t count on him and I don’t think about him.”

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Other clubs linked

Sarr is Watford’s record arrival having cost £30 million from Ligue 1 side Rennes last year and the Hornets are demanding north of that figure to sell him.

Sarr was also linked with Wolves, Man United, Everton and Crystal Palace earlier in the summer.

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