Watford fans were delighted about a year ago when they announced the signing of Ismaila Sarr for a club record £30 million fee. (Guardian)
The Senegalese international was expected to be the star signing who would push the Hornets into Europe but, sadly, things haven’t gone as well as Watford fans would have liked.
Watford suffered relegation on the final day of the season which has left the club in a real pickle. The Hornets have a number of brilliant players who will all likely be looking for a move away to a top-flight side.
Sarr is arguably the most likely to make the switch this summer and Watford had slapped a mammoth asking price to part ways with him.
The Sun claimed last week that the Hornets were prepared to sell him but only for £40 million in order to ease the financial pain of getting relegated from the Premier League.
As expensive as that fee is, many clubs were alerted to the possibility of signing a top-quality attacker who ex-Hornets boss Nigel Pearson labelled as ‘a real match-winner.’ (Watford Observer)
The Sunday Mirror (print edition, page 65, August 9, 2020) claimed that Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing the Senegal international, while Crystal Palace are also reportedly very keen. (L’Equipe)
Watford’s asking price remained the big stumbling block for the two London clubs. However, if a latest report is to be believed, Sarr could be available for a £10 million discount.
Asking price slashed by £10 million
The Sun claim that Watford will be prepared to let him leave for £30 million this summer. The Hornets are looking to start a bidding war between clubs to take the fee higher than that mark but, if a club can act quick, a deal could close for £10 million less than what was initially reported.
Both Tottenham and Crystal Palace will try to lower the fee even more. Yet £30 million is a fair price for a young player who was directly involved in 12 goals in his first season in England.
Sarr’s contract also lasts till the summer of 2024 which, in an ideal world, would put Watford in a strong position. But relegation has evened the playing field and the exciting young winger could be on his way to one of the London clubs for £30 million in the coming weeks.