Watford are determined to get at least £40 million for reported Liverpool target

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Recently-relegated Watford are reported to be looking for a fee of more than £40 million if Ismaïla Sarr is to be sold.

The price-tag, which would be a club-record fee received for a Watford player, has been put on Sarr in light of rumoured interest from clubs such as Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Wolves.

As reported in the Evening Standard, clubs in Germany and Spain have also scouted the winger who scored five goals and provided four assists in his first season in the Premier League.

The article states that:

Watford spent £30m to sign Sarr from Rennes last summer and there is a belief the player’s value has only increased after a year in England, while the club are in a strong position given that the Senegal international has four years left on his contract.

Crystal Palace have expressed a keen interest in the winger and scouted him while he was at Rennes, but it is thought they could be priced out of a move.

The piece goes on to say that Liverpool could be favourites for the attackers signature. Sarr can play anywhere across the frontline but featured mainly down the right wing for Watford last season.

Liverpool are emerging as frontrunners to sign Sarr and the Reds have watched him in action.

The winger would fit the profile of player Jurgen Klopp is after and, at just 22, has plenty of years to develop further.

Sarr himself would be keen on a move to Liverpool, or another top-six side, but a switch to Anfield is particularly attractive given it would allow him to play alongside his hero, Sadio Mane.

The pair came through the same academy in Senegal and such is Sarr’s love for Mane he often watches YouTube clips of the Liverpool winger before matches.

Liverpool already completed the signing of Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas earlier this week while the saga regarding the potential capture of FC Bayern’s Thiago looks set to run forevermore.

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