Man United Embroiled in Battle for Ismaila Sarr with Premier League Rivals

Man United Embroiled in Battle for Ismaila Sarr with Premier League Rivals

  • Man United set to miss out on Ismaila Sarr as another Premier League club in advanced talks with star
  • United are embroiled in a battle to acquire Ismaila Sarr from Watford
  • The Senegal international is also a long-term target for Leeds, who are pushing for a transfer quickly
  • Leeds need a replacement for Raphinha, while United could use more firepower upfront with uncertainty over Ronaldo’s future and Anthony Martial’s injury

Manchester United look set to have their transfer target Ismaila Sarr stolen from under their nose as Leeds are reportedly in advanced talks to sign the Watford star.

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch is reportedly pushing for a deal that would see the Senegal international back in the Premier League.

Sarr has already feature for Watford this season, playing twice in the Championship including in the 1-1 draw against West Brom on Monday.

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Ismaila Sarr of Watford during the Sky Bet Championship between West Bromwich Albion and Watford at The Hawthorns on August 08. Photo by Gareth Copley.
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French outlet Foot Mercato, however reports that Leeds are strongly pushing to finalise a deal before the close of the transfer window.

Nothing is concluded just yet, as Leeds are still facing competition from their age-old foes United, who are making moves of their own.

United's technical director Darren Fletcher was at The Hawthorns on Monday to watch Sarr play against West Brom.

This is not the first time the Red Devils are expressing interest in the forward. Back in 2020, there was a similar push just as Sarr was settling in at Watford from Stade Rennais.

For Leeds, they are in pursuit of a forward who can double up as a winger after losing Raphinha to Barcelona.

One of the biggest challenges for the Peacocks is they will need to offload a player in order to facilitate Sarr’s transfer.

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Sarr scores goal of the season contender

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported of how Sarr scored a goal of the season contender in the game against Watford.

Footage doing rounds on social media shows Sarr picking the ball up just inside his own half, before he pulled off an incredible effort to float the ball over the head of a helpless David Button, who was in goal for West Brom.

The stunning goal sent the away end into a frenzy as the home faithful watched in amazement.