Agent reveals Liverpool agreed deal to sign £35m winger in January

Ismaila Sarr’s agent has revealed that Liverpool were on the brink of signing the Watford winger in the January transfer window.

The Premier League champions recruited two new centre-backs on deadline day as they secured a loan deal for Ozan Kabak from Schalke, while Ben Davies joined from Preston North End.

But Jurgen Klopp was also looking to bolster his attacking options and Sarr has been Liverpool’s radar for over a year.

According to the winger’s representative, Thierno Seydi, Liverpool had agreed personal terms with Sarr and had even asked Sadio Mane to recommend his Senegal teammate a property.

But the deal collapsed when Liverpool refused to meet Watford’s €40 million (£35.1m) valuation.

‘With Liverpool, a few days ago, we were at the stage of signing the contract that would tie Liverpool to Ismaila Sarr,’ Seydi told PanAfricanFootball.

‘Everything was sorted, the monthly wages and the length of the deal. I’d even asked Sadio Mane to find him an apartment.

‘But it in the end, the English club weren’t able to put the €40m on the table to finalise the affair.

‘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.’

Seydi also revealed that Manchester United had come close to signing Sarr last summer but Watford would not accept the proposal put forward by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

‘During the summer, the Manchester club wanted to sign Sarr,’ said Seydi 

‘At the last moment, they offered a loan without an option, which Watford didn’t accept because the loan was expected to be accompanied by an option with right of first refusal for the Manchester club.’

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