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Crystal Palace still interested in World Cup star Ismaila Sarr

Crystal Palace are reportedly still interested in Watford winger Ismaila Sarr and the Senegal international could be the ideal man to replace Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park.

Patrick Vieira’s side were linked with the 24-year-old during the summer but he would remain with the Hornets in the Championship and has caught the eye with his performances, contributing six goals and four assists in the second tier.

It seems as if the Eagles could make another move for Sarr in next month’s transfer window, especially after some quality performances for the Lions of Teranga at the World Cup in Qatar.

In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, the Guardian’s Ed Aarons provided the latest on Premier League interest in Sarr.

He said: “We talked about Villa last time, and Palace are still interested in him.

“But his contract’s coming to an end, I think it ends in 2024. So, there could be a good deal for somebody coming up.”

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If Vieira wasn’t already interested in Sarr, he certainly will be after watching him play for the African Cup of Nations holders in Qatar over the past few weeks.

While Senegal’s tournament came to an abrupt end on Sunday night as they lost 3-0 to England, Sarr was a bright spark throughout their time in Qatar, with his 7.02 average rating from WhoScored – ranking him as the best player in Aliou Cissé’s side of those to feature in every game.

Palace will be looking for a direct winger who can dribble and shoot to replace Zaha, who looks likely to leave when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and Sarr’s statistics at the World Cup suggest he could be the ideal man.

As per Sofascore, only five players have taken more shots than the former Stade Rennais man, while only four players have completed more dribbles, with Sarr’s nine putting him on par with Lionel Messi – who is widely regarded as the best footballer of all time.

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The Argentine has been fooling defenders with his extraordinary dribbling ability for nearly two decades so it certainly bodes well that the Palace target is keeping up with the Paris Saint-Germain star in that attribute.

Ben Foster labelled Sarr a “freak” talent during his time at Watford and it is easy to see why given his recent displays, so Palace should definitely be looking to bring him to Selhurst Park next month.