Man Utd dealt fresh Ismaila Sarr transfer blow after failed summer move – ‘Just rumours’

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Ismaila Sarr has stressed that he is happy at Watford and wants to stay at the Championship club amid reports suggesting that Manchester United could be set to revisit their interest in the winger at the end of the season. The Red Devils tried to sign the 23-year-old last summer but were unable to reach an agreement with Watford, who have greatly benefitted from the Senegal international’s presence since their relegation.

Sarr has chipped in with nine goals and nine assists from 34 appearances in the Championship this season, helping the Hornets to pull away from third-placed Brentford and put themselves firmly on course to seal promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

His recent form has reportedly sparked fresh interest from United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aiming to land attacking reinforcements in the summer transfer window, and Liverpool, who have similar aims ahead of next season.

Despite the speculation surrounding his immediate future, Sarr has reaffirmed his commitment to his current employers, claiming that he is blocking out the noise in order to help Watford secure an immediate top-flight return.

“I think they are just rumours because I’m enjoying it here,” he told the Watford Observer.

“I still have three years on my contract, and I’m focused on Watford and I want to stay.”

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It remains to be seen whether or not United will go back in for Sarr at the end of the current campaign or pursue other targets.

The 20-time Premier League champions have also been linked with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Pedro Neto and Harvey Barnes in the wide positions in recent months.

Sarr would likely command a significantly cheaper fee than Sancho, who has reportedly been United’s top target for some time, with FourFourTwo claiming in January that Watford had slapped a £40million price tag on their star man.

The Hertfordshire outfit paid a club-record fee of £27m to sign him in the summer of 2019 from Rennes on a five-year contract.

Former Red Devils technical director Filippo Giraldi suggested last week that Sarr would be a shrewd addition to Solskjaer’s ranks as he possesses the influential ability to turn matches upside down with his electric pace and creative know-how with the ball at his feet.

“I think for Watford, in the condition they are at the moment, it’s luck he stayed,” Giraldi told the Here We Go Podcast.

“I love Ismaila because he has the ability to affect the game every time he plays, and that’s quite rare.

“You see fast wingers becoming more and more important in physical leagues like the Premier League.

“I remember last year against Manchester United and Liverpool, he was the one with Gerard Deulofeu on the other side affecting the game and deciding the game every time.

“This type of player are players you have to try to maximise and protect them as much as you can. On the other side, I think you cannot normalise them.

“You have to put the team in a tactical situation where their quality has to shine. Because they’re in a club like Watford, you don’t have four or five players who can decide the game, you have one, two or three players.

“It’s like for example, if you have [Jack] Grealish, you have to put the team in a condition where Grealish can affect the game. With Ismaila it’s the same.”

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