As you would expect for a recently relegated side, Watford have had a very busy summer that included a change in manager.
The high turnover in players was to be expected and most Hornets fans will be content that they have managed to keep hold of many figures who could be influential at this level, including Ben Foster, Will Hughes and Étienne Capoue among others.
It seems highly unlikely any of those three will depart before Friday’s 5pm deadline but there are doubts over the individual who many would argue is Watford’s best player – Ismaila Sarr.
The Senegal international was a major signing for the club last summer and after a slow start he began justifying his hefty price tag with a series of impressive displays.
Therefore, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the 22-year-old over the past few months and it had been suggested that Manchester United wanted to sign Sarr.
Whilst that could still happen, Crystal Palace appear to be the only genuine contenders for his signature before the deadline and The Sun claimed they are lining up a £30m bid for the wide man.
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That is a significant sum but considering it is less than what Watford paid for him, it’s hard to see the Championship side accepting that deal. Plus, The Athletic have explained that the club want £45m, which they accept may need to be paid in instalments.
The update suggests this will be Palace’s final offer for Sarr, so from that you would have to say that a transfer in the coming days seems highly unlikely.
With a relatively short time until the January transfer window opens, Sarr knows some good performances in the second tier may convince top-flight clubs that he is worth what will be a massive fee in the New Year.
For now though, Watford look set to keep Sarr and it will be a major boost for boss Vladimir Ivic as he targets promotion.