Aston Villa have already added a winger to their ranks this transfer window but it appears they aren’t finished there…
According to France Football, the Midlands outfit have entered the race to sign relegated Watford star Ismaila Sarr and have an advantage over Liverpool in the fact that they can offer him a starting spot.
They claim that the Senegalese winger is available for between €35m (£32m) and €40m (£36.5m) and that his wages could exceed €6m-per-year (£5.5m-per-year), which is around £115k-per-week.
The 22-year-old has not been named in any of the Hornets’ opening four matches across the Championship and EFL Cup.
Sarr was one of Watford’s few bright sparks during their relegation campaign last year, providing six goals and six assists, per Transfermarkt.
The tricky winger averaged 1.7 dribbles, 1.6 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.6 crosses per game, via WhoScored.
Perhaps it’s no surprise to see Dean Smith interested after Sarr ran riot against his Villa outfit back in December. He scored one goal from a total of five shots and also recorded one key pass, one dribble and won ten duels – Matt Targett was terrorised all afternoon.
In the return fixture, he was absent and Villa clinched the victory – coincidence?
His former teammate Abdoulaye Doucoure, now an Everton player, has previously waxed lyrical about his potential, he said: “I’ve told him as a joke that he’s a Champions League player, but I really think it’s because I know he has exceptional qualities. He’s not just quick, he’s incredible at finishing, he can find space, keep the ball and I hope he’ll go very far.”
Sarr outperformed both Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi for goal contributions as well as dribbles per game. He’d certainly be an upgrade – a huge one at that.
Imagine a front three of Bertrand Traore, Ollie Watkins and Sarr with Jack Grealish in behind. Wow.
AND in other news, Lange would be making a huge mistake by selling £9m ace this window…