Last summer, with Liverpool looking to strengthen their attacking options beyond the dangerous trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, and Mohamed Salah, the club were linked heavily with a move for then newly demoted side Watford’s Ismaïla Sarr.
Watford’s fee demands, though, were seen as excessive and so the Reds moved on to Diogo Jota, signing the 24-year-old Portuguese forward instead. It’s a pivot that as with past second choice targets Mané and Salah worked out exceptionally well for the club.
Now, though, there are rumblings that Liverpool could be back in for Sarr and that Watford—promoted straight back to the Premier League this season—would now be willing to do business at a fee of around £40M and with the player himself eager to move.
At least that’s the story this week TransferMarketWeb, the English face of Serie A rumour mongers TuttoMercatoWeb and not exactly an outlet with a great track record for insight into Liverpool in particular or Premier League transfers more generally.
Still, while the source may not be great, it’s now a story making the rounds more widely, making it difficult to ignore. And Sarr seems clearly to be a player Liverpool rate highly. For the right price, at least, it’s rather hard to rule out the idea completely.
And while Liverpool are believed to largely be content with their current squad—one of the best and deepest in all of football if they can mostly manage to stay fit this time around—if there is to be another major signing it’s most likely to be a forward.