Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat on Manchester United’s radar

Manchester United are interested in signing Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, but no approach has been made yet.

Sofyan Amrabat

The Red Devils are currently closing on the signing of goalkeeper Andre Onana from Inter Milan. Once the deal is complete, the club are likely to focus on recruiting a striker followed by a second midfielder. Any move for another midfielder—after already acquiring the services of Mason Mount from Chelsea—will be hugely dependent on outgoings, especially the expected exits of Donny van de Beek and Fred.

Man United have reportedly included Sofyan Amrabat in their midfielder’s list of options. Van de Beek and Fred’s departures from Old Trafford could free up funds and space in Erik ten Hag’s squad to move for Amrabat, who is entering the final year of his contract and could leave Fiorentina for a paltry £25m this summer.

The Moroccan midfielder, 26, starred at the 2022 World Cup and earned himself plenty of plaudits. Having led Morocco to the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar before helping Fiorentina reach the UEFA Europa Conference League final, he has become one of the most sought-after commodities in the transfer market.

Sofyan Amrabat has the qualities to succeed at Man United

After the hunt for a striker is complete, Man United are expected to launch a bid for Sofyan Amrabat, who is a wanted man after starring at the Qatar World Cup and then for Fiorentina this past campaign.

The Red Devils do need a back-up for Casemiro, who will turn 32 in February. Amrabat could become a solid deputy to Casemiro, even though he is not a holding midfielder by trade. The Moroccan is a box-to-box midfielder with a top work ethic, energy and passing ability. He works tirelessly off the ball, is a smart ball-winner and press-resistant—qualities that would make him ideal in Ten Hag’s system at Man United.

While Mount has been brought in to provide the attacking and creative spark, the signing of Amrabat would give the Red Devils calmness and solidity in equal measure in midfield. Ten Hag knows the player in and out, having worked with him at his former club FC Utrecht, and going by the successful signings he has made so far, the Dutch tactician has earned the right to be backed in the transfer market adequately.

Amrabat appears to be a quality player more than capable of hitting the ground running in the Premier League. The Moroccan international would be an upgrade on Fred, who has attracted interest from Fulham and clubs in Saudi Arabia. At 26, he is about to enter his prime and could turn out to be an astute piece of business done by the Red Devils for around £25m.

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