In order to strengthen his midfield this summer, manager Erik ten Hag is thought to be vying for the services of Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina.
What has changed about Amrabat and Manchester United?
The Red Devils are reportedly prepared to compete with La Liga powerhouses Barcelona for the signature of the Moroccan international, with the two clubs reportedly being among’several’ suitors who are interested in the 26-year-old, according to the Spanish website Sport.
According to the report, United are reportedly’seriously interested’ in the 6’1″ wonder player ahead of the upcoming campaign and have already made ‘contact’ about a potential summer swoop. The Dutch-born star appears to be up for grabs with only one year remaining on his current contract.
The 48-cap fighter, who joined his current team from Club Brugge back in 2020, is rumoured to be available for as low as €25 million (£22 million), according to recent sources. His contract is about to expire, and he may be moved for that amount.
Amrabat should be acquired by Man United.
The former Utrecht and Feyenoord star has undeniably earned that high level of interest from the Old Trafford management due to his outstanding recent performances for both club and country. He particularly stood out during Morocco’s run to the World Cup semifinal during the winter.
Amrabat, who was hailed as a “monster” and the “best centre midfielder in the tournament” by journalist Carlo Garganese, was a colossal presence for the Atlas Lions during their incredible run to the final four. As a measure of his ball-winning prowess, he averaged 2.3 tackles per game in his seven appearances in Qatar.
The £32k per week player, who has also been dubbed “extraordinary” by former Spain manager Luis Enrique, has had a strong season so far in Florence. He helped the Italian team reach the Europa Conference League final with an average of 1.6 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game over the course of his 12 games in the competition.
Amrabat is not simply a ball-winning machine in front of the defence four; he also provides significant quality in possession. He is in the top 8% of his European counterparts for both progressive passes and pass completion.
Another of Ten Hag’s rumoured targets, Mason Mount, also appears to possess this all-around ability. The Chelsea playmaker, who might very well be on his way to Manchester this summer, is able to have an influence both in and out of possession.
While frequently playing a more advanced role than the Serie A player, Mount also presents a serious creative threat with the ball as he is in the top 7% of players in his position for progressive passes.
The Englishman, 24, has been dubbed a “master” at putting in the long defensive hours by his former Blues colleague Antonio Rudiger. Like Amrabat, the Englishman is also good at breaking up play and is in the top 12% for tackles made.
As a result, United having two players who can efficiently win back possession and control the play would be a huge asset, which is why there may be excitement to see Amrabat teaming up with Mount in the heart of the field next season.