Ismaila Sarr speaks out on Manchester United and Liverpool rumours
Watford's star winger Ismaila Sarr has responded to rumours linking him with a move to either Manchester United or Liverpool in the summer, stating that he remains focused on his performances at Vicarage Road.
The 23-year-old attracted the interest of the two clubs in the 2020 summer transfer window, and United and Liverpool and continued to monitor his progress at Watford.
Speaking with the Watford Observer, Sarr was questioned over the rumours linking him with a move away.
Sarr responded by saying "I think they are just rumours because I'm enjoying it here."
"I still have three years on my contract, and I'm focused on Watford and I want to stay."
The Senegalese winger was bought by Watford in 2019 for £30 million, after a promising season with Rennes in Ligue 1.
Whilst he struggled to perform consistently at the start of his career in England, he slowly adapted himself to the English game and whilst Watford got relegated in his debut season in England, he put in a string of great performances towards the end of the season.
Additionally, Sarr has had a very good campaign in the Championship this season, scoring nine goals and assisting nine others, as Watford push on for automatic promotion back to the top-flight.
Theirno Seydi, Sarr's agent, revealed that there were discussions over possible moves to Manchester and Liverpool whilst speaking with PanAfricanFootball.
Seydi claimed that "With Liverpool, we were at the stage of signing the contract that would tie the Reds to Ismaila Sarr."
"Everything was sorted: the monthly wages and the length of the deal. I’d even asked Sadio Mane to find him an apartment."
"But in the end, they weren't able to put the €40 million (£35 million) on the table to finalise the deal."
"You have to say that if English clubs that once animated the transfer window are struggling to put funds together, that shows the depth of the crisis affecting football."
Speaking on United, Seydi said "During the summer, they wanted to sign him. At the last moment, they offered a loan without the option to buy."
However, Watford refused this deal as they wanted the loan to have an option to buy included within it.