According to reports, Manchester United has formalized their long-standing interest in Sofyan Amrabat and is “ready to strike.”
The Moroccan midfielder, who turned down offers from West Ham and Saudi Arabia in the process, looks to have been waiting all summer to reunite with his old FC Utrecht manager Erik ten Hag. According to a number of sources, he has even already agreed to personal terms with the Red Devils.
The management at Fiorentina, who are also looking to bolster Vincenzo Italiano’s team, is “waiting to understand” whether United will make Amrabat the long-awaited offer.
According to a source in La Nazione, the next few days could be crucial in the story because the Premier League’s top clubs are prepared to make a move for the 26-year-old now that Fred has been sold to Fenerbahçe.
They have requested a few more days as they concentrate on generating more revenue through sales, but eventually, the deal will be completed.
Fiorentina has maintained the same position throughout the summer about the transfer fee for their best asset: his departure won’t be permitted for less than €25m (£21.3m).
Whether La Viola manages to show the same resilience in the dying embers of the transfer window remains unclear, especially considering they risk losing Amrabat for nothing in 2024. His current £31,700-a-week worth contract in Florence is due to expire in less than 12 months.
In addition, it has recently been widely reported in England that United has contacted Everton in an effort to capture Amadou Onana.
The 6ft 4 international from Belgium meets the criteria better than the 6ft 1 World Cup hero from Morocco because Ten Hag is eager to add additional height to his midfield. Amrabat, though, represents a much more appealing financial option for United because Everton is anticipated to seek more than £50 million for Onana.