Villa plot tempting counter-bid after Liverpool ‘agree deal’ for Watford star

Date published: Tuesday 22nd September 2020 4:21 - Jonny Whitfield

Ismaila Sarr Watford

Liverpool have reportedly agreed a deal with Watford to sign forward Ismaila Sarr, with Aston Villa also in the running, according to a report.

Having cantered to their first Premier League title last season, Liverpool have strengthened in key areas.

Andy Robertson has cover at left-back after Kostas Tsimikas’ arrival, while Diogo Jota will provide support up front.

However, previous reports have claimed Liverpool still do not feel “entirely satisfied” with their situation. Indeed, France Football says the Merseyside club have now moved to add more support to their famed front three.

Liverpool recently got in contact with Sarr’s agents last week and have now reportedly agreed a deal to sign the Senegalese.

The deal will cost between €35million (£32million) and €40million (£36.7million), with discussions now taking place about the 22-year-old‘s salary.

Sarr’s representatives have proposed a contract that would see Sarr earn between €6million (£5.5million) and €7million (£6.4million) a season.

However, it remains unclear how far advanced that side of negotiations is, with his move to Anfield not a certainty.

Aston Villa enter race for Sarr

 

 

France Football adds that Aston Villa are also in the hunt for Sarr and are keen to rival their Premier League counterparts.

The report claims that Dean Smith’s side are ready to “outbid” Liverpool with a key proposal. Dean Smith can offer Sarr a guaranteed starting role in his team, something Klopp cannot match.

Indeed, Liverpool have already bolstered their attacking options by bringing in Jota from Wolves.

Sarr, meanwhile, is reportedly aware of the Anfield club’s recent acquisition as he mulls over his future.

The 22-year-old was one of few shining lights for Watford as they suffered relegation last season. The Senegalese played a major role in sending Liverpool to their first Premier League defeat of the campaign, scoring two goals.

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