Liverpool are the frontrunners to sign Watford forward Ismaila Sarr, but they have slapped a £40m price tag on the player, according to reports.
Sarr is attracting huge transfer interest this summer after Watford’s relegation from the Premier League, but they are determined not to let the player leave the club on the cheap.
Watford paid £30m to sign Sarr last year and the Evening Standard claim they will demand £40m for his signature this summer.
Crystal Palace and Wolves are also looking to sign the winger, but Liverpool have emerged as the leading team to land him.
But, the Premier League champions are not expected to sanction any big-money moves and already have issues with transfer fees.
Liverpool hoped to sign Norwich’s Jamal Lewis, but failed to agree terms with the Canaries, who wanted around £20m for the defender and signed Olympiakos star Kostas Tsimikas instead.
Watford are under no pressure to sell key players after relegation and Richarlison’s £30m transfer move to Everton stands as club’s record sale.
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Sarr is interested in moving to Anfield, but would also be open to signing for any club in the top six. And Sadio Mane would be a big attraction for the player.
Liverpool are on the hunt for more attacking players – a player capable of filling in for players like Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Sarr still has four years left on his current contract – this means Watford are in a strong position to stand firm on their price for the Senegal international.