Although the 23-year-old was heavily linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool over the last summer, he stayed put with the Hornets as the clubs couldn’t agree on a deal. However, speculations over the Senegalese’s future continue.
Ismaïla Sarr joined Watford from Rennes for a £30 million fee in 2019 and showed his promise through the past seasons at English football.
Scoring nine goals this season, the winger is still an attractive prospect for elite clubs. His agent, Thierno Seydi, revealed how close his client was to a move to the Premier League giants.
: “With Liverpool, we were at the stage of signing the contract that would tie the Reds to Ismaila Sarr.
“Everything was sorted: the monthly wages and the length of the deal. I’d even asked Sadio Mane to find him an apartment.
“But in the end, they weren’t able to put the €40m (£35m/$49m) on the table to finalise the deal.
“You have to say that if English clubs that once animated the transfer window are struggling to put funds together, that shows the depth of the crisis affecting football.”
On United, Seydi added: “During the summer, they wanted to sign him. At the last moment, they offered a loan without the option to buy.
“Watford did not accept this because they wanted the loan to include an agreement to buy him.”