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Aston Villa sent transfer instruction amid links to £40m winger

Watford boss Xisco Munoz has revealed that it would have to take a big offer for reported Aston Villa target Ismaila Sarr to leave Vicarage Road before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

Sarr started Watford’s 1-0 defeat at Tottenham at the weekend, and before the game Munoz reiterated his and the club’s stance on the winger’s future.

He said: “It’s always the same in the transfer market – everybody speaks about the top players and Sarr is a very good player, a top player.

“It’s normal there are rumours about him, but if you are asking if I want him here and to stay at the club, then yes because he’s so very good.”

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Asked if it would take a big offer to take him away, Munoz responded: “For me, sure, because he’s a top, top player.”

With the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United credited with an interest in signing Sarr over the past 12 months, as well as Villa, Munoz hopes he will still be a Watford player when the transfer window closes tomorrow evening.

The Telegraph, via Sportslens, had claimed that Villa would pursue a deal to sign £40m-rated Sarr as he was installed as a ‘preferred choice’ to help replace the attacking influence of Jack Grealish, who made the £100million switch to Manchester City at the start of August.

Villa have spent £95million this summer themselves on attacking talents Emiliano Buendia, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey and have made a slow but steady start to the new league campaign.

Following a 3-2 loss at Watford, with Sarr among the scorers, Villa then beat Newcastle and drew to Brentford last time out at Villa Park.

It is has been claimed that Sarr is not keen on pushing to leave the club before the end of the transfer window having just returned to the top flight having helped Watford win promotion last season.

The 23-year-old still has three years remaining on his contract at the Hornets which has put them in a strong position, despite continued speculation linking their star man with a big-money move.

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