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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Amongst Three Clubs Targeting Ismaila Sarr

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Liverpool and raiding freshly relegated sides. Name a more iconic duo.

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Liverpool are Premier League champions and—at least until somebody else comes along and wins it—European champions. They’re a very good side, one without many significant shortcomings in their squad.

One weak spot, though, is attacking depth, with the club appearing to need a forward who can cover for both Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah. That forward was meant to be Timo Werner, but due to the financial uncertainty caused by coronavirus, they backed away from a deal.

What they do next, at least according to the Watford Observer, could be to raid freshly relegated Watford FC for one of the most promising young wide attackers in England, the 22-year-old Senegal international Ismaila Sarr.

According to the local outlet, while no bid has been made, the Reds—along with Wolves and Crystal Palace—have reached out to Sarr’s people to gauge his availability and interest in moving to Anfield this summer.

It’s certainly an appealing rumour on paper: a young, pacy, technically gifted wide player with a strong shot and some finishing instincts, and one who has even shown some promise as a developing playmaker.

It also doesn’t hurt that current Liverpool star and fellow Senegalese international Sadio Mané has talked about Sarr, who could provide cover for both Mané and Mohamed Salah, as a younger brother.

The only downside would be that he wouldn’t come cheap, which could be a problem for Liverpool this summer—see, for example, Timo Werner—as Watford paid £30M to sign him last summer and he still has four years remaining on the deal he signed when he joined the club.

If there’s a way to make a deal make sense, though, Sarr would definitely look to be an ideal target for Liverpool this summer, a player who would make the squad better today and still has plenty of room to grow.