Manchester United could force through a deal for Watford forward Ismaila Sarr before the end of transfer deadline day due to a squad registration issue.
The Red Devils emerged as an interested party in the Senegalese international after Liverpool’s interest cooled due to the arrival of Diogo Jota for £45m.
After disappointment in their pursuits of Jadon Sancho and Gareth Bale, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not given up the chase on a winger.
And Daily Star Sport understands that United are continuing to push Watford to let the forward go.
Solskjaer’s side have offered a season-long loan deal with a £45m option to buy.
While Watford want a permanent deal, they could agree to United’s proposal as well as adding a £25m penalty clause if the Premier League side say no to a permanent transfer.
The Hornets are going to make talks tough, though, after rejecting an initial approach to sign Sarr on loan.
But this could depend on their Champions League success, the main factor which is driving their desire to get the deal done today.
UEFA have given the 32 teams until October 6 to register their squads for this year’s tournament, with Solskjaer’s side draw in Group H with PSG, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.
United could wait 11 more days to sign Sarr from Championship side Watford as the domestic transfer deadline ends on October 16.
But that would be too late to register the man who scored six goals in his Premier League season for Europe’s elite tournament.
United have already been busy bolstering their forward line on the last day of the transfer window, bringing in free agent Edinson Cavani.
While Solskjaer has also managed to get a deal for full-back Alex Telles over the line, with the Brazilian due to arrive from Porto.
And they are getting close to securing the signature of 18-year-old wonderkid Facundo Pellistri of Uruguayan side Penarol after the club chief’s latest comments.
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