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18 September 2020 10:44

Arsenal Arsenal F.C. Walter Kannemann

Manchester United have made contact with Watford over the signing of their forward Ismaila Sarr. The club are losing hope of being able to sign Jadon Sancho, reports the Independent. The 20-year-old England international and his agents have reportedly agreed terms with United but there could be too many other problems that prevent an agreement with Borussia Dortmund. The German club are supposed to want around £110 million for Sancho, with much of the fee paid up front, and Ed Woodward believes that such demands are unreasonable for a relatively inexperienced player, especially due to the financial impact of coronavirus on football finances in general. Nevertheless, a move had not yet been completely given up on, but United are now looking at alternatives, though whether the interest is genuine or a ploy to force Dortmund intoa deal is another matter.

The 22-year-old Senegalese international Sarr was one of the few bright spots of Watford's most recent Premier League season, which ended in relegation. He put in a particularly impressive performance against league champions Liverpool, who are also reportedly interested in the winger. The Not London club want around £30 million for him, though there could be some pressure on that price given they will need to raise funds having been relegated to the Championship for this season. That should be affordable for United if they are able to play something close to Dortmund's asking price, after all. Nevertheless, with Woodward in charge it is worth remembering that United's transfer policy is defined by its hamfistedness, tight-fistedness, and repeatedly-fist-in-headness, so the chances of a decent, value-for-money signing are slim when the alternatives are considered.

So, instead of a quick signing of Sarr to provide competition and support on the wings, expect United to announce an investment in a smallcap cold fusion company based in Utah and listed in Toronto. Manchester United have made contact over a potential deal to sign Watford's £30m-rated attacker Ismaila Sarr as they look for alternatives to Jadon Sancho, according to the Independent. United have been locked in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund for some time after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified Sancho as his prime transfer target as he looks to add a top class right sided attacker to his squad this summer. However, their pursuit of the England international hasn't proven easy as Man Utd have failed to agree terms with Dortmund and the Independent says there is increasing doubt that an agreement will be found before the window closes on October 5th. United are growing increasingly frustrated in their attempts to land Sancho and are prepared to walk away from the negotiating table, so Solskjaer is looking at alternative targets. According to the Independent, Sarr has been identified as a possible option and Manchester United have now made contact through intermediaries to enquire about a potential deal. The report claims Liverpool are also showing a keen interest in the 22-year-old but Jurgen Klopp is working from a tight budget and may not have the money to fund a move for Sarr after agreeing a deal to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich. That could leave United well positioned to sign Sarr if they decide to make their interest official and the Independent suggests that Watford will demand at least £30m for the attackers signature. The Hornets paid Rennes a similar price to sign Sarr last summer so it looks like they want to at least recoup that fee following their relegation from the Premier League last season. The Senegal international was one of the few bright sparks for Watford last campaign as he scored 6 goals and provided a further 6 assists in his 30 appearances – which is a solid return in a struggling team that finished 19th in the table. Sarr is predominantly a right-winger so he'd give Solskjaer another option on the flank if he ends up moving to Old Trafford, however, I think it's safe to say most United fans will hope the club do all they can to sign Sancho before moving for the Watford star. Solskjaer has endured a frustrating window so far as he's only managed to sign midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax but it looks as though he's determined to bring in a winger as he looks to land his second summer signing.