Manchester United swooped in late to beat Galatasaray to the signing of Sofyan Amrabat
According to Manchester Evening News, Premier League giants Manchester United beat off Galatasaray to the signing of Fiorentina star Sofyan Amrabat in the recently concluded summer transfer window.
The Moroccan international joined the Red Devils on a season-long loan. There is a clause in the agreement to make the deal permanent, something that could be explored next summer should Amrabat impress.
A defensive midfielder was on the club’s agenda this summer and Amrabat does fit the bill. Hopefully, he returns from his injury soon and helps Erik ten Hag turn around this season’s fortunes.
However, Manchester United left it late to make a move for Amrabat this summer. In fact, Turkish side Galatasaray’s vice-president confirmed that they were close to landing the 27-year-old before the Red Devils swooped in.
“Manchester United ame on Wednesday evening and as the player has said before, his former manager was also there. He rejected the big teams and waited for us, but it didn’t happen.”
It would appear that the presence of Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford also played a role in Amrabat opting to join us. The Dutchman had managed Amrabat in his formative years at Eredivisie side Utrecht and appears to have left an impression on the Moroccan.
Having reunited with his former boss, there is no excuse for Amrabat to not perform in a United jersey. After all, a lot will depend on it when it comes to evaluating his permanent transfer clause next summer.
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While Galatasaray have every reason to be annoyed, we won’t be sparing them any sympathies. The onus now is on Amrabat and Ten Hag to show that we came out of the deal the better-placed side.