By Joe Ellis

22nd Aug, 2022 | 2:10pm

Leeds United still in Ismaila Sarr race after transfer falls through at last minute

Leeds United are still in with a chance of signing Watford winger Ismaila Sarr before the window closes, according to Abdellah Boulma.

The Senegalese international looked set to join Aston Villa after the two clubs agreed on a transfer fee of £21.1million and even had a medical not only scheduled but passed.

Sarr, though, was not happy with the Villans’ offer for his salary and the sticking point of including layers in a loan move also threw a spanner into the works and left the deal to collapse.

Leeds United are now left in what appears to be a two-horse race to sign the 24-year-old, who has already scored from the halfway line in the Championship this season, with Crystal Palace also hot on his heels.

“Ismaila Sarr has already taken his visit with Aston Villa, but the player does not agree with the club at the moment,” Boulma reported via Twitter. “Salary seems to be a problem. Kortney Hause and Cameron Archer, Aston Villa players were in the deal. Leeds and Crystal Palace are still in the race.”


If Jesse Marsch is looking for a player who can very nearly replicate what Raphinha was able to do at Elland Road then he might not get any closer than Sarr.

His electrifying pace sees him burst past the majority of full-backs with ease and his end product is getting better with every game he plays for the Hornets.

He is by no means the finished product yet, or anywhere close for that matter, but Raphinha was equally rough around the edges when he first arrived and look how he blossomed.

Even at 24 years of age, this move may be one to be patient with over the rest of the transfer window but it will be a shrewd purchase if Victor Orta can get it over the line.

Hopefully, the Whites’ sensational start to the season may be enough to entice him away from Vicarage Road and back to the Premier League where a player of his quality should be playing every week.

In other Leeds United news, Ben Jacobs believes Marsch would take this nuisance of a striker in a heartbeat if the board could figure out a deal.