Man Utd board and Watford at loggerheads over Ismaila Sarr transfer

Manchester United’s board and Watford reportedly have different stances when it comes to Ismaila Sarr. The youngster has emerged as a possible Red Devils transfer target at a time where Jadon Sancho is likely to stay at Borussia Dortmund. However, what ultimately happens remains to be seen.

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The Red Devils were insipid as they lost 6-1 to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, with braces from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, plus further goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier, giving Jose Mourinho’s side all three points.

Speaking after the game Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he was happy with the way the club operate in the transfer market but fans, especially on social media, are angry.

Many have wanted Sancho to sign throughout the summer but, with time running out, Sarr has emerged as a potential alternative.

Yet the Telegraph say that, as things stand, the Red Devils hierarchy and Watford are at loggerheads over a potential deal.

It’s claimed United want to loan the 19-year-old, who scored six goals and registered six assists from 30 Premier League matches last term.

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However, Watford would prefer a permanent sale and want £40million to let their young talent depart.

United are able to sign Sarr after Monday’s transfer deadline, with the window for Premier League clubs to buy from the EFL remaining open until October 16.

But, if they want him for the Champions League group stages, then they’ll have to get a move on.

United must register Sarr by Tuesday if he’s to play in that competition and, as things stand, that seems unlikely to happen.

The Red Devils are expected to land Edinson Cavani, however, and the Uruguay international is relishing the chance to take on PSG in the Champions League.

And Alex Telles is poised to arrive as well, with the Porto star undergoing his medical.

Meanwhile, regarding Cavani, a PSG source has told The Times the 33-year-old is ‘like a big brother’ to young players.

“Edi is by nature a quiet guy and he’s not a leader in terms of raising his voice,” the publication quotes them as saying.

“But he nearly always had the respect of the dressing room.

“Even though he naturally got on well with the other South Americans, he would go towards the young French kids as well.

“He’s incredibly gentle, sensitive, loves nature and isn’t interested in video games and rap music, so he’s more like an older brother.”

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Meanwhile, though United want Sarr, Darren Bent recently expressed a belief that he wouldn’t be a suitable alternative to Sancho.

He said: “It is a statement signing if they go and get Sancho.

“But I just worry if they don’t get him and they get someone like Sarr instead. Is that going to change the squad dramatically? I don’t think so.

“They have got all these options in the attacking areas but for me I’d go and get another centre-half and a left-back as well because Luke Shaw hasn’t managed to stay fit and Brandon Williams is still quite young.

“I am all for Manchester United signing these players but I think at the minute they are concentrated in the wrong areas.”

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Meanwhile, regarding Cavani, a PSG source has told The Times the 33-year-old is ‘like a big brother’ to young players.

“Edi is by nature a quiet guy and he’s not a leader in terms of raising his voice,” the publication quotes them as saying.

“But he nearly always had the respect of the dressing room.

“Even though he naturally got on well with the other South Americans, he would go towards the young French kids as well.

“He’s incredibly gentle, sensitive, loves nature and isn’t interested in video games and rap music, so he’s more like an older brother.”

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