Fiorentina have rejected Manchester United’s opening bid for Sofyan Amrabat
Amrabat has emerged as a primary target for United as Erik Ten Hag looks to further bolster his midfield after the addition of Mason Mount from Chelsea.
The midfielder was exceptional in the FIFA World Cup last year and was a key figure in Morocco’s impressive semi-final run.
He also played a crucial part in Fiorentina’s run to the final in the UEFA Conference League, only losing to West Ham United in the last stages of the game.
The Moroccan is entering his final year of contract at the Italian club and does not want to renew amid interest from a host of clubs, including United.
Amrabat, 26, provides a good option for Ten Hag as he can be slotted alongside Casemiro in a double pivot against high-quality opposition.
At the same time, he could provide cover for Casemiro when the Brazilian could not play. We saw last season how much the level of our performance dropped when Casemiro was not in the squad.
Hence, this potential signing ticks a lot of boxes and would actually be a statement signing in the sense that the new United have started doing sensible business and are acquiring players based on the profile needed at the club.
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While the first bid has been below expectations, there is a general feeling that Fiorentina would accept a bid in the region of £30 million, which is very fair for a player of Amrabat’s calibre.