Watford have reportedly rejected a deadline day offer from Manchester United for Senegal striker Ismaila Sarr.
United have been linked with the 22-year-old all summer as a potential alternative to their top target, and now at the eleventh hour a move has been made.
Championship side Watford have already rebuffed the approach of a loan deal with an option for a permanent transfer, as report the Manchester Evening News.
Manchester United have been knocked back in a deadline day move for Ismaila Sarr
United are said to have proposed a £25million fee to make the deal permanent at the end of the current season.
Watford have not publicly stated they refuse to part with Sarr, though are understood to be looking for a lucrative permanent transfer to boast the bank balance.
Sarr had also been linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, though the Merseyside club pulled out of negotiations due to a high asking price.
Watford are searching for a permanent transfer and value the youngster north of £45million
The reigning champions instead opted to sign Diogo Jota from Wolves, in a structured deal comprising yearly payments to the Midlands club.
Watford are understood to value Sarr at the £45m mark, having paid a clue record £40m for the youngster to secure his signature from Rennes in August 2019.
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