This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Crystal Palace will renew their interest in Watford’s Ismaila Sarr in January if the price is right, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The Eagles saw a £25 million offer rejected on transfer deadline day in October and Nixon has indicated that a potential return for the forward in January will be price dependent.
So, how much is he worth?
We asked our FLW writers…
They’ve got to be looking at a deal above £35million.
Sarr is a wanted man, and I think Watford will do well to keep him at the club, especially with the likes of Manchester United keen on landing his signature.
The winger has already shown his quality in the Championship, and I still think that he’s destined for a move to the Premier League in the next year.
But if you’re looking at someone like Jude Bellingham moving from the Championship for a fee in the region of £25 million, then you have to be looking at a fee in the region of £35 million for Sarr.
He’s really impressed me with Watford so far, and I think he’s earned a move back into the Premier League.
Only time will tell as to whether Watford are willing to cash-in on him though.
Have any of these 22 players ever been in Crystal Palace’s academy?
Sarr is undoubtedly Watford’s most prized asset, and they won’t want to be offloading the 22-year-old for anything less than their asking price.
Figures of £40 million and £50 million have been touted for Sarr over the last year but in truth, I do think that is a hefty sum for the player.
A fee in the region of £25 million to £30 million is more realistic in my eyes and if Palace did come in with an offer of that magnitude, I’d be tempted to accept if I was Watford.
He’s a direct, pacey winger who has bags of trickery and an eye for goal, he’s the sort of player that many elite clubs would want in the final third of the pitch, so the power really is in Watford’s hands in-terms of setting their value.
I expect a flurry of bids for the Senegalese attacker in the new year, he deserves to be playing Premier League football.
Ismailia Sarr is an excellent player.
We saw glimpses of what he had to offer for Watford last season in the Premier League – something that was even more impressive as they suffered relegation.
He’s showing his quality again this term, and that’s why a move to Palace certainly makes sense.
He’s a Premier League level player and that will be represented in any price tag.
In my opinion Sarr is worth at least £25 million, but given his potential I’m sure that the Hornets will be looking for plenty of sell-on potential as well – especially as he looks like a player who is destined for the top.