Man United & Liverpool tipped to do battle over Ismaila Sarr as Red Devils ‘make contact’ with Sancho alternative

Man United & Liverpool tipped to do battle over Ismaila Sarr as Red Devils ‘make contact’ with Sancho alternative

The latest speculation stemming from the English media this evening suggests that Manchester United have joined the hunt for Watford star Ismaila Sarr.

Sarr targeted

Much of the media chatter surrounding Man United this summer has of course centered on the club’s pursuit of reinforcements out wide.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is evidently of the opinion that the key factor missing from his side is an out-and-out winger who can add a new dimension of guile and creativity to the Red Devils’ starting XI.

Jadon Sancho has long been United’s no.1 target to fill this role, but, to this point, little progress has been made towards actually pushing a deal for the English international over the line.

This comes with Borussia Dortmund continuing to demand a premium sum for their crown jewel.

Man United & Liverpool tipped to do battle over Ismaila Sarr as Red Devils ‘make contact’ with Sancho alternative

Dortmund’s English midfielder Jadon Sancho celebrate scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt, in Dortmund, western Germany on February 14, 2020. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) / RESTRICTIONS: DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

As such, if Solskjaer and co. maintain genuine hope of their pursuit of a new wide-man coming to fruition this summer, they may need to look elsewhere.

And, as outlined above, following links to the likes of Douglas Costa and Gareth Bale, yet another option appears to have been identified by the transfer team at Old Trafford.

The player in question? Ismaila Sarr.

Senegalese international Sarr of course proved one of few bright spots in a Watford side eventually condemned to the drop last season.

The 22-year-old, in his debut campaign in English football, managed a respectable 6 goals and 6 assists across 30 appearances.

And, as per a report from the Independent this evening, such production has piqued the interest of Manchester United.

In fact, according to Miguel Delaney, contact has already been established between the Reds and Watford.

A fee of around £30 million is likely to be required to coax the Hornets into a sale, though.

PL competition

Interestingly, word of United’s interest in Sarr comes on the same day that the former Rennes man has been tipped as a prime target for one of the club’s fiercest rivals.

Reports throughout the summer have seen Liverpool named as admirers of Sarr’s talents, with previous speculation having gone as far as to suggest that Jurgen Klopp’s men were ready to meet Watford’s asking price.

And, as per Dominic King of the Daily Mail, enquiries have indeed been made on the part of the Merseysiders.

Although no offer has been forthcoming, it is added that Sarr is being ‘seriously considered’ by Liverpool, with the Premier League champions eager to add depth to the club’s paper-thin frontline this summer:

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