Watford’s flying winger Ismaila Sarr has emerged as a key summer transfer target for Crystal Palace, with The Sun on Sunday (11/04, page 67) reporting that the Eagles view signing the player as a priority.
The Senegalese international has been one of the club’s key men this term as they seek to make an instant return to the Premier League at the first time of asking and has unsurprisingly been attracting interest from elsewhere.
With 12 goals and four assists to his name this season, it is easy to see why he is wanted by several sides, as he continues to prove that he is a player who should be playing at a higher level than the Sky Bet Championship.
Sarr currently has three years remaining on his current contract at Vicarage Road and would cost the Eagles a sizeable fee if they did indeed make a more for the player this summer.
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Big return on initial investment
The winger originally arrived at the club back in the summer of 2019 for a decent sized fee and would surely have big sell on value this summer given his age and blossoming reputation.
Contract length and his performances this term will have seen his value increase ten fold ahead of what could be a pivotal summer for the 23-year-old and as a result Watford could be in line for a big windfall.
Negotiating the best fee possible for the Hornets could prove to be key as it will give them additional funds to strengthen the side ahead of their expected return to the top flight.
If Sarr does indeed depart in a few months time, he will not come cheap by any means.
Another chance for Domingos Quina?
The Watford youngster has struggled to break into the first team since arriving at Vicarage Road back in the summer of 2018 from West Ham United and could well be the benefactor of Sarr departing this summer.
Currently out on loan at Granada in a bid to get more regular minutes under his belt, the Portuguese has already notched up two goals in five league starts for his new side and is showing the Hornets what they are missing.
Capable of playing through the centre and on either flank, he could well have more of a role to play next term if his teammate seals a move away in a few months time.
As one dazzling youngster appears close to leaving Watford, Quina could well be the man to step into his shoes and become an important figure in a black and yellow shirt.