According to Foot Mercato Watford FC have turned down a €25m offer from Crystal Palace for winger Ismaïla Sarr (24) – who joined the then Premier League side for €30m from Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2019.
The outlet reported earlier that Crystal Palace were heavily interested in Sarr, which was also confirmed by Fabrizio Romano.
Santi Aouna reported that Leeds United were in advanced discussions for the winger, who reportedly wants to return to the Premier League as soon as possible.
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After Watford’s relegation to the Championship at the end of last season, the Senegalese international has been in high demand and Leeds were on verge of agreeing on a fee for the 24-year-old to join the Elland Road club. Yet, Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace have entered the race.
Talks were also ongoing between Leeds and Sarr’s entourage over personal terms, which were close to being complete, However, his move to the Yorkshire side would be dependent on the club making a sale beforehand, to free up funds and space in the squad for the winger to join.
Having joined the English club in 2019 for €30m from Ligue 1, Sarr has made 94 appearances for Watford, scoring 25 goals and making 19 assists in the process, but he only managed seven goal contributions in 22 Premier League outings last season.