Report: Manager has ‘every intention’ of keeping £27m Everton target, Chelsea also want deal
FC Metz manager Frederic Antonetti has ‘every intention’ of keeping Everton target Pape Matar Sarr this summer, according to L’Equipe.
The Senegalese midfielder is wanted across Europe with interest from Spain, Italy and England. But no side is yet to submit an official offer for the 18-year-old, who sees himself staying at the Stade Saint-Symphorien for next season.
Sarr only made his senior debut in November but is already a full international with two caps to his name. Aliou Cisse handed the teenager his maiden bow for Senegal in March after a strong first season in Ligue 1.
Antonetti fielded Sarr in 22 French top-flight fixtures last term and saw the Metz product score three times. He added a fourth in the Coupe de France and converted his penalty with the first kick in a shootout loss to Monaco, as well.
Sarr’s stunning first season has sparked interest from across Europe. Nice have monitored the midfielder’s situation, but Sevilla and Atalanta are keen to see him move to Spain and Italy.
Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton and Newcastle are also all keeping a watch on developments. But are unlikely to strike a deal as Antonetti has ‘every intention’ of keeping his rising star at Metz.
The Daily Mail previously cited all four Premier League sides plus Manchester United as potential suitors for Sarr. They also claimed Everton led the race after talks with Metz but were set a £27m asking price.
TBR’s view: Everton should test Metz resolve for Sarr
Everton will face a lot of competition for Sarr if they look to sign the Metz star this summer. Which Director of Football Marcel Brands should look to explore as the 18-year-old is proving to be a real gem.
Sarr has offered Antonetti a box-to-box threat at the Stade Saint-Symphorien since making his debut over the winter. His high-energy approach to the deep engine room role, plus a good technical footing, has already returned goals.
It has also seen Sarr go from youth football to the international stage in four months and be worth £27m. That figure will only rise with another strong season under his belt, with the youngster under contract at Metz until 2025.