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Manchester United failed with a bid for Ismaila Sarr on deadline day (Getty Images)

Manchester United receive Ismaila Sarr boost as Liverpool sign Diogo Jota

As reported by the Daily Star, Manchester United have received an indirect boost in their pursuit of Watford winger Ismaila Sarr as rivals Liverpool have seemingly dropped out of the race after agreeing to sign Diogo Jota.

Liverpool had been heavily linked with a swoop for the Senegalese star all through the summer. However, they have instead decided to sign Diogo Jota and have agreed a £45m deal with Wolves for his transfer. (h/t Daily Star)

Ismaila Sarr has emerged as Plan B for Manchester United
Ismaila Sarr has emerged as Plan B for Manchester United

This has left the field clear for Manchester United to make a move for Sarr. The 22-year-old has emerged as a potential alternative for Jadon Sancho, who has been the Red Devils’ primary target all along. (h/t Daily Star)

A deal for Sancho is looking increasingly unlikely with each passing day, with Borussia Dortmund holding out for a mammoth fee that Manchester United are unwilling to pay. (h/t Independent)

This had led to them looking at Sarr as a backup option. It has been even claimed that United have already made contact with Watford over the possibility of signing Sarr. (h/t Independent)

And now that Liverpool have moved on to the signing of Jota, the coast is clear for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & co. to make a swoop for the Senegalese international. (h/t Daily Star)

Jadon Sancho is too expensive
Jadon Sancho deemed too expensive by Manchester United

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Watford signed Sarr from French club Rennes only last summer in a £30m deal. The Hornets are understood to be demanding a fee of around £40m for the winger. (h/t Daily Star)

Sarr fared decently in his debut campaign in England and showed that he can grow into a star with experience. He can be a viable alternative to Sancho, but given how things have been going this summer, it does seem unlikely that the club will sign him.