Aston Villa’s summer transfer target Ismaila Sarr could face England at the 2022 World Cup later this week if both nations progress through to the Round of 16.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions can secure their passage to the next round of the tournament as group winners if they beat Wales on Tuesday night. If they manage to top Group B, they will face the runners-up of Group A.
Netherlands are currently topping that group and with a game against Qatar – who are yet to collect a point after two games – they are likely to progress into the next round as group winners. They will then play the runners-up of England’s group.
Former Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye is part of the Senegal side in the World Cup, as is Watford winger Sarr, who Villa pursued last summer in a big-money transfer swoop. However, the 24-year-old remained at Vicarage Road after the deal collapsed at the 11th hour.
An agreement was reached with Watford for a fee worth more than £25 million with add-ons and Sarr was due to undergo a medical. But problems emerged when the two sides began to discuss the details of the deal, which included the possibility of Cameron Archer or Kortney Hause joining Watford on loan.
New Villa boss Unai Emery could look to rekindle the club’s interest in Sarr this January as reports claim that a winger and additional forwards will be targeted when the winter window opens.
Since his move to Villa collapsed, Sarr has been in impressive form for Championship promotion-chasers Watford. The Senegal international has recorded seven goal contributions in 13 appearances.
At this year’s World Cup, Sarr has started both of Senegal’s opening group games against the Netherlands and Qatar. Aliou Cisse’s side opened their tournament with a 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands, before they beat Qatar 3-1 last Friday.