Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all reportedly keen to buy Metz teenage sensation Pape Matar Sarr this summer, with a long-term plan in mind.
The 18-year-old enjoyed a superb first season in Ligue 1. He made just one appearance for Metz reserves in Championnat National 2 last term before being fast-tracked into the first team. The Senegal international made his debut in November last year and went on to enjoy 22 top-flight outings.
He bagged three goals and impressed with his energy and box-to-box playing style. Aston Villa were credited with an interest earlier in the summer.
However the Villans are unlikely to be involved having recruited so many players in the wake of Jack Grealish’s exit.
However, the report adds that they do not see him as an option for the current season. The idea is to get him on board before loaning him back to Les Grenats in France.
There has been no mention of a price but the African still has four years of his contract to run. Sarr is a versatile player capable of operating anywhere across the midfield.
He might not be ready for the Premier League yet but has already shown an ability to step up.
Sarr a possible Pogba replacement
A report on Saturday evening suggested that Red Devils midfielder Paul Pogba will not sign a new deal. The France international will instead allow his contract to run down before joining Paris Saint-Germain next summer.
The Old Trafford hierarchy are unlikely to take kindly to that scenario and the saga is set to run and run. Recruiting Sarr and sending him back to Ligue 1 would allow the talented schemer another year to develop.
Whether or not he could do the same job as Pogba at such a tender age is open to debate. But there are those in the media who feel the World Cup winner should have already been moved on.
Another decent campaign for Metz might also see other top European clubs enter the picture for Sarr. And that is cited as a reason why the big three want a deal done before the window closes.