Manchester United are supposedly ‘ready to strike’ and formalize their long-held interest in Sofyan Amrabat.
The Moroccan midfielder appears to have been waiting to reunite with his former FC Utrecht boss Erik ten Hag all summer, having turned down approaches from West Ham and Saudi Arabia in the process. Multiple reports have even gone as far as claiming that he has already agreed to personal terms with the Red Devils.
Fiorentina’s hierarchy, who themselves are looking to reinforce Vincenzo Italiano’s squad, are ‘waiting to understand’ if United’s long-awaited offer will arrive for Amrabat.
A report in La Nazione suggests the next few days could be decisive in the saga, as the Premier League giants are ready to move in for the 26-year-old following the sale of Fred to Fenerbahçe.
They’ve asked for a few more days as they focus on raising more funds through sales ‘but the deal will go through’ eventually.
Fiorentina’s stance regarding the transfer fee for their prized asset has been the same all summer: his exit won’t be sanctioned for less than €25m (£21.3m).
Whether La Viola manage 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.
Moreover, in recent days, it has been widely claimed in England that United have approached Everton as they explore the possibility of signing Amadou Onana.
With Ten Hag keen on adding more height to his midfield, the 6ft 4in Belgium international fits the bill more than Morocco’s 6ft 1in World Cup hero. However, Everton are expected to demand more than £50m for Onana, making Amrabat a much more attractive economical proposition for United.