Manchester United made an inquiry to Watford over the prospect of bringing Ismaila Sarr to Old Trafford on loan, but the Hornets are only willing to allow him to leave on a permanent basis.
The Red Devils have spent most of the last few weeks of the transfer window trying to secure more options in the final third, with a move for Jadon Sancho now off the cards, and United are facing a similar issue with Ousmane Dembele with Barcelona not wanting to loan out the Frenchman, as per a tweet from Fabrizio Romano.
United then turned their attentions towards Sarr early on the last day of the window, but saw their loan inquiry turned down by Watford, who will only allow him leave the club permanently, as per Romano’s Tweet. The Hornets have previously placed a price tag of around £40 million on the 22-year-old.
However, talks are now thought to be continuing between the two clubs over the potential for a deal to be agreed before the deadline, according to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook.
Sarr saw his first season in English football end in relegation from the Premier League with Watford last term, but he was still able to stand out, recording a decent tally of five goals and four assists in 28 league appearances in a struggling Hornets side, as per Transfermarkt.
United’s pursuit of attacking reinforcements this window has been a real mess, with the Red Devils wasting a lot of time around the prospect of signing Sancho only to see Dortmund alter their stance and decide to keep hold of him. Now their approach to sign Sarr appears to have also failed with them not wanting to buy him on a permanent deal.
Sarr, whilst not the player United fans were wanting, does at least have plenty of ability having created nine big chances in a struggling side and completing 1.7 successful dribbles per game last term (via Sofascore). So, he would not be the worst option for the Red Devils, but any move for him would seem like a bit of a panic buy.
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