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Watford complete record transfer signing of Ismaïla Sarr

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

03:48 8 Aug 2019

Watford have completed a club-record, transfer deadline day signing of Senegalese international Ismaïla Sarr.

The 21-year-old has agreed to a five-year deal with the Hornets from French side Rennes, which would keep him at Vicarage Road until the summer of 2024.

Sarr won a Coupe de France during his time with Rennes since joining in 2017. He was also part of the Senegal side that finished runner-up at the African Cup of Nations in the summer. He was also part of the national side that made it to last year's World Cup in Russia, making three appearances.

The deal is believed to have gone through for a reported fee of around €27 million (£25 million). He is the fourth signing for the Premier League side, after signing Craig Dawson, Tom Dele-Bashiru and Danny Welbeck.

The most high-profile deal they pushed through this summer was getting England international Welbeck on a free transfer after his contract ran up at Arsenal.

When he joined the club, he spoke about linking up with the club's other signings, “I used to live in digs with Craig at United and I’ve spoken to Clevz a lot about the club. He said I’d really enjoy it here and thinks it’ll be a great match for me to come here.

“It seems like a great club with the whole surrounding environment. It’s a family-orientated place and that’s something that I value very highly.

“I’ve played against Watford and I like to watch football so I’ve seen them play on TV a lot and I know the team, and I think this is a place where I can really flourish.

“The squad we’ve got here is full of good players and people who I’m really looking forward to playing with and trying to push to that next level.”

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