The former Watford technical director has revealed how winger Ismaila Sarr turned “very close” to signing for Manchester United last summer season.
Sarr moved to Watford in 2019 on the Hornets’ promotion to the Premier League. However regardless of the Hertfordshire membership’s eventual defeat last season, their Senegalese winger skilled a shiny mild. The 23-year-old connected with 5 goals and six assists, together with his brace which helped defeat Liverpool first within the marketing campaign.
So, a big switch window went down last summer season.
Liverpool had him on their short list of attacking targets, earlier than finally signing Diogo Jota. Certainly, Sarr’s agent has beforehand revealed how he had reached the “signing of the contract” with Anfield bosses.
Nevertheless, United has additionally been eyeing Sarr’s signature and former Watford boss Filippo Girardi has outlined how the Red Devils finally took the chance to sign the player.
As an alternative, Sarr stayed at Watford and has scored 9 goals and assisted 9 others within the Championship this season (by way of Transfermarkt), with the Hornets second within the table.
“We have been very close, I used to be personally negotiating with them [Manchester United], ”Girardi advised Fabrizio Romano’s Right here We Go podcast.
“We could not come to an agreement. Ismaila remains to be very young, he’ll arrive [in the Premier League] definitely.
“He in all probability missed a possibility, however I additionally assume his football stayed right here and had 10 goals and 10 assists, determined the league.
“I believe for Watford within the situation that they’re proper now it’s fortunate to have him stay.”
Watford might face one other battle to maintain Sarr within the upcoming switch window.
Certainly, the winger has eaten into one other year of his contract, which ends in 2024.
Girardi likes Sarr’s ‘scarce’ talent
“I really like Ismaila, as a result of he has the power to have an effect on the sport each time he performs, and that is fairly uncommon,” added Girardi.
“You see fast wingers turning into extra and extra essential in bodily leagues just like the Premier League.
“I bear in mind last year against Manchester United and Liverpool, he was the one with Gerard Deulofeu the opposite side affecting the sport and at all times deciding on the sport.
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“This sort of player is a player you must try and maximize and shield as a lot as you possibly can.”
Sarr has helped Watford to a powerful place to bounce straight back into the Premier League, with the Hornets six points away from Swansea in third place.
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