By Elliott Cuff

25th May, 2021 | 9:04pm

Metz president issues hands-off for Everton target Sarr

Everton may struggle to sign target Pape Matar Sarr this summer after Metz president Bernard Serin issued a hands-off to interested clubs.

Despite having less than a full season of first-team football under his belt, 18-year old Sarr has attracted plenty of interest through his performances this season.

French outlet L’Equipe reported last month that Everton had emerged as front-runners for Sarr’s signature, with Chelsea and Newcastle also said to be keen.

However Serin has reiterated his desire to keep the Senegal international starlet, despite reports last month claiming the club were looking for £27million for the player.

As reported by L’Essentiel, Serin said: “All clubs now want it to buy him [Sarr] cheaper.

“We are in the opposite situation, we want to keep him a little longer.”

Serin’s stance on Sarr’s future echoes the thoughts of Metz manager Frederic Antonetti, who last month declared that he wanted to keep the midfielder in order to continue overseeing his development.

L’Essentiel report Antonetti as having said: “Leave him alone, let him grow, he still has a lot of progress to make.”

On to other targets

Everton need another midfielder this summer, that much is clear, though Sarr was always likely to be a sizeable gamble for £27million.

Having been described as someone who could “go very far” in his career, it stands to reason that Metz would play hardball over the future of one of their primary assets, with Sarr having impressed this season.

As a burgeoning young talent the midfielder still has plenty to give and it’s understandable that Metz would prefer to reap the rewards of his development rather than sell him now for a quick financial fix.

Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti have a tough job to do this summer and it’ll be interesting to see what names are thrown into the mix over the coming months, but missing out on Sarr certainly won’t be the end of the world for the Blues.

Everton have resources to spend this summer and ambition to break into Europe next season, and that will undoubtedly see Ancelotti add quality to his group. Sarr could be a promising option, but there are plenty of other options out there too.

In other Everton news, a pundit has backed the Blues to sign this “incredible” nine-goal attacker.

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