Aston Villa may have to pay ‘premium’ for £25m star out-dribbling Messi in Qatar – GiveMeSport

Aston Villa may have to ‘wait until the summer’ before agreeing a deal to bring Watford star Ismaila Sarr to Villa Park as his price is likely to have risen due to of his World Cup performances, according to The Guardian reporter Ed Aarons.

Unai Emery was appointed manager of the Midlands giants in October and will have the chance to strengthen the squad he inherited when the January transfer window opens.

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Seconds Birmingham liveVilla could rekindle their interest in Sarr and a move to the Midlands is “very much a possibility”.

The report suggests that Johan Lange, who has played a key role in transfers since his appointment as the club’s sporting director in the summer of 2020, is an admirer and will put him forward as a potential target.

Sarr looked set to join Villa in the summer transfer window, but a move worth close to £25m collapsed.

The winger will enter the final 18 months of his £63,000-a-week Watford contract at the start of the year, meaning January could be the ideal time to cash in.

Sarr has not allowed his failed move to have an impact on his form, having scored six goals and registered a further three assists in 17 appearances this season.

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What has Ed Aarons said about Sarr?

Aarons believes Watford will be looking for an even bigger sum for Sarr after his impressive performances for Senegal at the World Cup.

As a result, the journalist believes that Villa could wait until the end of the season to try to reach an agreement with the Championship side.

Aarons told GIVEMESPORT: “I think the premium on World Cup performances and scoring will make Watford want a bit more money.

“They may have to wait until the summer when he only has one year left on his contract.”

How did Sarr perform at the World Cup?

FBRef statistics show Sarr attempted the sixth most dribbles at the World Cup, meaning he ranks higher than Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi.

This emphasizes that the 24-year-old is regularly looking to get on his man and get his team up the pitch, which would be music to Villa boss Emery’s ears.

Sarr scored in Senegal’s group stage win over Ecuador, which was enough to see them through to the last 16 before their elimination at the hands of England, while he only missed 15 minutes of the matches in his country in Qatar.

The Watford talisman also showed he is not afraid to contribute at the defensive end of the pitch, having averaged one tackle, 0.5 interceptions and won possession 1.3 times during the World Cup.

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