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“Everything was set”- How Ismaila Sarr’s move to Liverpool fell apart

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Ismaila Sarr’s agent Thierno Seydi revealed that the Watford winger was an inch away from moving to Liverpool this January.


This winter transfer market was unlike any other we’ve ever seen. Football clubs have been hit hard by the financial crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, few big signings were made this season. In fact, the teams that managed to secure some deals mainly did it under market value or using loan deals with future buy clauses.

Liverpool are a perfect example of the impact Covid-19 has had in the world of football. Although Jurgen Klopp made it clear that the Reds were in need of at least one center-back, the club only managed to sign Kabak and Davies on loan.

In fact, Thierno Seydi recently confirmed Liverpool’s troubles. The Senegalese agent stated that the current champions had another failed deal. One of his clients, Watford’s Ismaila Sarr, was set to complete a move to the Reds. However, the deal failed to go through due to monetary issues.


“With Liverpool, a few days ago, we were at the stage of signing the contract to bind the Reds to Ismaila Sarr. Everything was set, the monthly salary and the length of the lease. I even asked Sadio Mané to find him an apartment. 

“But in the end, the English club could not put 40 million euros on the table to finalize this deal. That is to say, if the English clubs, which formerly hosted the transfer window, are having difficulty raising funds, this reflects the depth of the crisis affecting football.”

Ismaila Sarr had historic rivals fighting over his services.

Additionally, Seydi also claimed that Manchester United were eager to sign the young player from Watford back in the summer. However, the Red Devils didn’t put up a good enough offer to convince the Hornets.


“During the summer, the Mancunian club wanted to recruit the Senegalese striker. At the last moment, they offer a loan without options. Watford did not accept because the loan should be accompanied by a set option with pre-emption rights for the Manchester club.”