Watford reportedly unlikely to seal a deal for Rennes' Ismaila Sarr

Javi Gracia, Manager of Watford makes a point during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 11, 2018 in London, England.

Watford could end up without the services of another winger as Ismaila Sarr's transfer looks unlikely.

Ismaila Sarr #7 of Stade Rennais FC reacts after scoring during the penalty session of the Coupe de France Final match between Stade Rennais and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade de France on...

According to a report from Sky Sports, Watford are struggling to agree on a fee with Rennes for the signing of Ismaila Sarr and the deal now looks unlikely.

Sarr was one of the most sought out wingers from France after a spectacular season which saw him score 13 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions. Watford were touted to be his next destination but the Hornets are reportedly unwilling to meet Rennes' demands. 


The Ligue 1 outfit value Sarr at more than £30m which would mean that Watford would have to break their transfer record to attain his services. However, the report reveals that the Hornets are sticking to their valuation of the player and a move could collapse due to that. 

Javi Gracia would certainly be disappointed if he fails to land the star Senegalese winger but with the recent acquisition of former Arsenal and Manchester United attacker Danny Welbeck on a free transfer, they could be sorted at least until the winter transfer window. 

Nacho Monreal of Arsenal challenges Ismaila Sarr of Rennais during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between Stade Rennais and Arsenal at Roazhon Park on March 7, 2019 in...

Welbeck has shown previously that he is capable of playing on either wing as well as upfront which will come in as a massive bonus for Gracia this season. Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra are expected to occupy either wing while the likes of Ken Sema and Isaac Success will provide sufficient cover. 

With the transfer deadline fast approaching, Watford will find it difficult to get the deal over the line even if they can agree on a fee with Rennes but with enough firepower in their squad already, they are good enough to last the whole season with the wingers they have. 

Watford's Spanish midfielder Gerard Deulofeu (R) walks past Watford's Spanish head coach Javi Gracia (L) as he comes on as a substitute during the English FA Cup semi-final football match...

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