Leeds United are eyeing a deal to bring Ismaila Sarr to Elland Road as their ninth signing of the summer.
That’s according to Santi Aouna, with the Foot Mercato journalist revealing in a recent post on Twitter that Victor Orta may well be close to reaching a verbal agreement with Watford regarding the transfer of the 24-year-old, while contract negotiations between the forward and the Whites are also believed to be progressing well.
However, the reporter went on to state that the Senegal international’s arrival at Elland Road is dependent on the departure of a current player in their first-team squad, although it is not stated who this potential outgoing could be.
In his tweet, Aouna said: “Leeds and Watford are close to a verbal agreement for Ismaila Sarr. Contract negotiations between the former Rennais and Leeds are also progressing. But his arrival in Leeds remains conditional on the departure of a player.”
With Orta having already added one tricky winger to Jesse Marsch’s attacking arsenal this summer in the shape of £21m forward Luis Sinisterra, the prospect of the Colombia international lining up alongside Sarr at Elland Road this season is sure to be an incredibly tantalising one for supporters and the 48-year-old manager alike.
Indeed, both players are exceptionally talented with the ball at their feet, with Sarr completing an average of 1.5 dribbles per game over his 30 Premier League appearances last season, while Sinisterra completed an average of a whopping 3.6 carries per 90 over his 30 outings in the Eredivisie last time out – demonstrating how much of a nightmare the duo would be to defend against for opposition full-backs.
Furthermore, both wingers are also incredibly efficient in the final third, with the £24.3m-rated Sarr scoring five goals, registering two assists and creating five big chances in 2021/22, while the £22.5m-rated Sinisterra bagged 12 goals, provided seven assists and created nine big chances last term – with the pair’s potential link up at Elland Road sure to bring with it a gluttony of goals and assists.
Further still, with Sadio Mane dubbing the £71k-per-week Watford winger “rapid” – as well as stating his belief that “defenders will struggle” against the 23-year-old – while Joe Donnohue labelled Sinisterra both “explosive” and “quick,” it would very much appear as if the two attackers would be a pair of speed demons on the flanks – yet another string to their incredibly dangerous bow.
As such, should Orta manage to get a deal over the line for Sarr in the coming days, it would seem as if the Spaniard will have formed an exceptionally deadly attacking duo between the Watford sensation and Sinisterra – a thought that is sure to delight everyone involved with the Whites.