According to a recent report, Crystal Palace have joined the race – which includes West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool and Aston Villa – to sign Watford forward Ismaila Sarr.
The report by Wiwsport claims that the Hornets have set a ‘€54 million (£50 million)’ price tag for the £22.05 million-rated 22-year-old, who only joined Watford from Stade Rennais in a £27 million deal last summer.
However, following Watford’s relegation to the Championship, the Senegal international, who scored five goals and provided four assists over his 28 Premier League appearances last season, is yet to feature for the club in their 2020/21 campaign, something which Wiwsport suggests shows that ‘the Hornets are sellers, but not at any price.’
The report continues by stating that Palace are on the lookout for a ‘future replacement’ for Wilfried Zaha, who has informed Roy Hodgson that he would like a move away from south London in the current transfer window, however, that Liverpool and Villa are ahead in any potential deal as both clubs have ‘already started negotiations’ for Sarr.
Would you like to see Palace make a £50 million move for Sarr?
With Palace said to be looking to lower the average age of their squad, which was the oldest in the Premier League last season, by signing younger players in the summer transfer market, bringing in the 22-year-old Sarr would certainly tick this box.
However, with the £16.02 million arrival of attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze earlier in the transfer window, who has previously operated from left-midfield, right-midfield, left-wing and even as a centre-forward, in addition to the fact that the club haven’t actually sold Zaha as yet, it is our opinion that spending around £50 million on Sarr would seem slightly unwarranted, as things stand.