Liverpool are plotting a surprise move for Watford’s record signing, who is also a Man Utd target, while Mason Greenwood is set for a bumper new deal – according to Sunday’s paper gossip.
KLOPP PLOTTING SHOCK RAID FOR WATFORD WINGER
Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, who is said to be an alternative option for Manchester United if they miss out on Jadon Sancho.
Sarr, 22, has scored five goals and provided five assists in the Premier League this season. And he impressed Jurgen Klopp when he laid on two goals in Watford’s stunning 3-0 win over the Reds back in February.
The club-record £27million signing from Rennes was recently described by Sky pundit Gary Neville as “a big talent”.
Neville went as far as to say that his former club United should be looking at Sarr as a cut-price alternative to Sancho, who is expected to cost in excess of £100million.
A report in the Sunday Mirror claims that that the Reds are monitoring Sarr, although any potential transfer could be scuppered by enmity between Watford and the Merseysiders.
That’s according to Liverpool.com, which says the bad feeling dates back to 2016, when the Reds tried to sign Polish international Piotr Zielinski from Udinese.
BAD BLOOD COULD COST LIVERPOOL
The Italian club is owned by the Pozzo family – who also own the Hornets – with Giampolo Pozzo the chairman of Udinese and his son, Gino, overseeing matters at Vicarage Road.
Liverpool had tracked Zielinski under previous Anfield chief Brendan Rodgers. He remained a target when Klopp took over at Anfield, with the German meeting him for talks.
Zielinski, perhaps unwisely, was later pictured in a Liverpool shirt – something which angered Giampolo Pozzo.
The latter determined that his player should not end up at Anfield and accepted an identical offer from Napoli, whom Zielinski joined in August 2016.
Te report adds that ‘perhaps some of the Pozzos’ stubbornness to deal with Liverpool stems from what happened three months prior to Zielinski’s transfer’ when Jerome Sinclair departed Anfield for Vicarage Road.
The winger, who was signed from West Bromwich Albion’s academy when he was 14 in the summer of 2011, agreed to join Watford in May 2016 after his contract at Liverpool expired.
Because Birmingham-born Sinclair was under the age of 24, Liverpool were due a developmental fee and the two clubs settled on a £4m deal.
The Reds, at the time, were reportedly not happy with the way Watford went about their business while trying to secure Sinclair, who has not impressed with the Hornets, taking in four loan spells during his time there.
AND MORE GOSSIP
Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has landed a new £40,000-a-week contract after his superb season. (Sun on Sunday)
Valencia have put a £39m price tag on Manchester City wing target Ferran Torres. (Sun on Sunday)
Marcelo Bielsa will sign a bumper £8m-a-year deal after taking Leeds to the Premier League. (Sun on Sunday)
Arsenal are reportedly ready to pay the £41m release clause of Sporting Lisbon star Joelson Fernandes. (Sun on Sunday)
Martin Keown has urged Arsenal to sign Danny Ings if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves this summer. (Sun on Sunday)
Inter Milan’s pursuit of Chelsea star N’Golo Kante will be scuppered by the Frenchman’s wages. (Sun on Sunday)
West Ham are open to offers for Manuel Lanzini and Fabian Balbuena as David Moyes looks to rebuild his squad. (Sun on Sunday)
Leicester are among a number of clubs attempting to hijack QPR midfielder Bright Osayi-Samuel’s move to Club Brugge, according to reports. (Sun on Sunday)
Santi Cazorla will leave Villarreal, with the Spanish playmaker expecting to play his last game for the club this weekend. (Sun on Sunday)
Manchester City are in talks with Brazilian side Gremio over a £4.5m deal for young midfielder Diego Rosa. (Mail on Sunday)
Jadon Sancho says he will ‘wait and see’ what happens when it comes to his future at Borussia Dortmund. (Mail on Sunday)
Watford manager Nigel Pearson says he has ‘an agreement’ with the club over his future but there is a growing belief he will not be in charge next season. (Mail on Sunday)
UNITED TRACKING TORINO STRIKER
Manchester United are reportedly tracking Torino striker Andrea Belotti ahead of a summer move. (Mail on Sunday)
Zenit St Petersburg are willing to offer around £9m for Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. (Mail on Sunday)
Manchester City are ready to take legal action against outspoken La Liga president Javier Tebas to stop him speaking out against the club, sources have claimed. (Sunday Mirror)
Tottenham’s pursuit of Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has cast doubts on Harry Winks’ future at the club. (Sunday Mirror)
Gareth Bale has been axed from Real Madrid’s 22-man squad for their final La Liga game of the season. (Sunday Mirror)
John Terry is being considered by Bristol City to become their next manager after being turned down by first-choice Steven Gerrard. (Sunday Express)
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made Kai Havertz his top transfer target this summer following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. (Sunday Express)
Chelsea have yet to decide whether they want to make a move for Dean Henderson, while Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has confirmed he’s had talks with Manchester United over extending his loan deal with the Blades for another season. (Sunday Express)
Leeds are trying to get out of a deal to sign RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin following their promotion. (Sunday Express)
Norwich manager Daniel Farke has warned that the Scotland midfielder Kenny McLean is not for sale at any price. (Sunday Times)
CITY TOLD TO PAY UP FOR DEFENSIVE TARGET
Manchester City have been told they must pay £109.1m to make the defender José Giménez part of an aggressive summer rebuild aimed at wresting the Premier League title back from Liverpool. (Sunday Times)
Willian will “sign a contract tomorrow” – as long as his demands at Chelsea have been met. (Daily Star Sunday)
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard insists he wants to buy at least one new striker before the start of the season. (Sunday Mail)
Derek McInnes lifted the lid on French side Guingamp’s “substantial” bid for Sam Cosgrove. He addmitted they’ve left themselves “vulnerable” to further bids for the frontman. (Scottish Sun)
Celtic have submitted fresh documents to council planners. As they bid to move forward with their plans to build a hotel and museum near Celtic Park. (Scottish Sun)