After a slow start and a shortened season, Liverpool is focusing its energies on shoring up its squad in hopes it will strengthen its attracter. That has seen the club working out personal details with agent representing Ismaila Sarri after they signed the attacker to a multi-year deal with a reported £32m.
During the shutdown, and over the course of the summer, Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, had been searching for attacking reinforcements. The goal was to provide support for Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, for what Liverpool is expecting will be a long and challenging season.
Sarr has received substantial attention in the media as a potential acquisition for Liverpool and Premier League champions. However, after the club signed Diogo Jota last week, it was rumoured that a deal for Sarr was no longer in the cards. Clearly, that wasn’t the case and did not put an end to their interest and their pursuit to work out a deal with Watford.
Liverpool in talks with Sarr’s agent
While Liverpool has signed an agreement in principle, it is being reported by the media in France that the 22 year old wingers agent is now in talks with the organization about personal terms for Sarr. The publication stated that Sarr and his agent are requesting a £6m annual salary.
The problem is, even if the two sides agree, Liverpool may face challenges completing the deal due to his hesitation on joining the team based o the amount of football he will be required to play following the arrival of Diogo Jota.
The report is quoted as stating the Aston Villa is attempting to hijack the deal and sign Sarr and willing to go as far as to offer him a key position in their starting line up if he agrees to make the move to Aston instead of Liverpool.
After joining Watford last season, Sarr had a solid debut scoring six goals and racking up an equal number of assists in thirty appearances. How this will play out is anyone’s guess, but it seems clear Sarr has concerns and that in itself will set the stage for upcoming negotiations and whether Liverpool succeeds.