Man Utd refuse to meet Watford transfer request as Ismaila Sarr deal hits roadblock

Manchester United’s talks with Watford for winger Ismaila Sarr have hit an impasse after the Championship side demanded their Premier League counterparts pay £45million.

United are looking at alternative attackers after missing out on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

The German club slapped a £108m price tag on the England international’s head.

The Red Devils are refusing to be bullied in this window and will not pay over the odds.

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That has led to them delaying most of their business until deadline day but they are still trying not to panic.

An approach was made to Watford for Sarr this morning but the Hornets are demanding a substantial fee.

And the Mirror claims Solskjaer has withdrawn his interest after finding out how much the deal will cost.

Meanwhile, United icon Dwight Yorke is unsure if his former club should be looking to strengthen in the attacking areas.

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He suggests that improving the defence ought to be Solskjaer’s priority – especially after they shipped six goals against Tottenham on Sunday.

“Ole’s obviously been very attacking-minded, and adding the likes of Sancho – who he’s been chasing for some time – he would be one that would bring a different level in terms of competition and certainly his creativity,” he said.

“Dembele, we know, we’ve seen him play for Barcelona over the years and what he can do. Maybe he’s not consistent enough in my eyes, but maybe he needs a new challenge.

“At this point in time, really, I’m not too concerned about our attacking play.

“We’ve got enough firepower there because of what we saw towards the back-end of last season, these guys, scoring frequently, tearing defenders apart, running them ragged, the combinations have been great.

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“I really genuinely do not feel our attacking play is an issue, there’s a lot more I should be more concerned about.”

United are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Edinson Cavani and Yorke has given the transfer his approval.

“What has happened here is that the manager has got a choice,” Yorke added. “I don’t think that’s been an issue in terms of attacking players that are creative.

“Certainly at the back of last season, where we were 14 games unbeaten, we probably scored four goals every game on average, so the record throughout the front three has been very impressive.

“As far as I’m concerned, Ole has got that part of it totally right. I expected those players to kick on, of course. Cavani coming in is always going to add more competition for the players, which is probably needed.

“We all kind of link him with Zlatan due to what he’s gonna bring and the guidance he can give the younger players, but I feel from an attacking point-of-view, I’m not worried.

“I feel like we are up there with the very best, obviously Liverpool and City, now you look at Tottenham’s front three and they’re a threat.

“I think our front three and probably a front four now with Cavani can be up there with the very best on any given day. It’s a good bit of business for what we need in this present moment of time.”

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