Watford forward Ismaila Sarr is “word-class” and good enough for Manchester United, according to former Senegal international El-Hadji Diouf.
The 24-year-old couldn’t inspire the African Cup of Nations holders to victory in last night’s World Cup round of 16 clash against England.
The Three Lions beat the Lions of Teranga 3-0 to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash against reigning world champions France on Saturday.
But Sarr, who missed a glorious chance to give Senegal the lead in the first half, will now head back to Vicarage Road and get ready for his return to life in the Championship.
Ismaila Sarr is good enough for Manchester United, says El-Hadji Diouf
Former Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool striker Diouf, who made his name at the 2002 World Cup, believes that Sarr is capable of playing in Erik ten Hag’s side.
Speaking in an interview with The Mail, Diouf said: “He is a world-class player. He can play for Manchester United and Liverpool, anywhere.”
United considered moving for the Senegalese winger in the summer of 2020 as an alternative to Jadon Sancho after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds were unable to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund.
The Mail reports that Watford currently want £45m for Sarr whose contract expires in 2024. He has six goals and three assists to his name from 17 Championship matches this season.
Sarr scored five goals in the Premier League last season, the last of which came in Watford’s 4-1 home win against Manchester United in November, which resulted in Solskjaer getting sacked.
90min reported back in August that Sarr was back on United’s radar and the club’s technical director Darren Fletcher watched him score from inside his own half against West Bromwich Albion in the same month.
While there is no denying Sarr, who has scored twice against United during his career, is talented – paying £45m for a player who would struggle for game time at Old Trafford doesn’t make sense.
Diouf is probably doing his best to drum up interest in his compatriot ahead of the January transfer window, but it would seem bizarre of United to meet Watford’s steep asking price when Cody Gakpo, who is one of the hottest properties in world football, is reportedly available for a similar price.