Aston Villa set to sign Watford winger Ismaila Sarr for £25million


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    Ismaila Sarr joined Watford in 2019 in a club record deal (Photo: Getty)

    Aston Villa have reportedly agreed a deal with Watford for highly-rated winger Ismaila Sarr worth £25million plus add-ons.

    Sarr has been linked with leaving Vicarage Road for some time, and in recent weeks had been attracting interest from several Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Leeds.

    The 24-year-old had also been touted for a move to Liverpool prior to joining Watford in 2019 after an impressive breakthrough season at Ligue 1 side Rennes.

    According to Sky Sports, the Villans have won the race for Sarr, who was left out of the Hornets’ Championship clash with Preston North End on Saturday, although according to his manager Rob Edwards this was down to injury rather than transfer speculation.

    Sarr has scored 10 goals and made eight assists in two Premier League seasons for Watford and was also part of the Senegal squad that won the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

    He has already made quite an impact this season, scoring from the halfway line against West Brom earlier in August.

    He looks set to become Villa’s sixth signing of the summer after Diego Carlos, Philippe Coutinho, Robin Olsen, Ludwig Augustinsson and Boubacar Kamara.

    He will be a welcome addition at Villa Park, with Steven Gerrard’s side enduring a difficult start to the season after losing two of their opening three games.

    They were especially poor in the most recent defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday, despite Ollie Watkins giving them the lead after just five minutes, with a Wilfried Zaha brace and a Jean-Philippe Mateta strike making it a day to forget for Villa.

    At the time of writing, they are 13th in the Premier League table, with Gerrard favourite to be the first top-flight manager to be sacked this season, according to Betfair, with the Liverpool legend having won just three of his last 14 league games in charge of Villa.

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