Manchester United have finally reached an agreement to sign Sofyan Amrabat with Fabrizio Romano revealing his move will initially go through on loan but will ultimately see Fiorentina achieve their desired asking price for the star.
United boss Erik ten Hag has made no secret of his desire to strengthen the base of his midfield this summer with the Moroccan emerging as his No 1 target. And while personal terms with the player were agreed weeks ago, striking an agreement with Fiorentina has proved anything but easy.
While the Serie A side have been prepared to sell the player with his current deal due to expire next summer, their decision to hold out for a €30m fee has proved a problem for United, as they look to comply within FFP limitations.
That has led to other clubs chancing their arm and trying to pinch the Amrabat deal from under United’s noses. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old -who previously played under Ten Hag at Utrecht – has prioritised the move to Old Trafford over all others. Fulham were among those who tried to gazump United to the signing of the World Cup semi-finalist.
Knowing that United though were Amrabat’s only choice, the two clubs have been locked in talks through the night and again early on Friday morning to reach an agreement.
Efforts to initially sign Amrabat on loan with an option to buy have been waved away, forcing United back to the drawing board.
However, Romano has on Friday lunchtime given the deal his trademark ‘Here we Go’ green light, with United paying Fiorentina a deal which could ultimately be worth €35m (£29.94m).
Amrabat will now fly to Manchester immediately to undergo a medical.
Details of Sofyan Amrabat transfer to Man Utd revealed
And if that goes through without a hitch, the player will be confirmed as the club’s final, and seventh, signing of the summer.
Providing additional information over the package United will pay, he claims La Viola will receive an initial €10m fee for a loan move, valid until June 2024.
That arrangement contains an obligation for United to make permanent next summer for a further €20m, with a further €5m in various add-ons and bonuses.
Ultimately, that will see Fiorentina achieve their asking price for Amrabat in full.
With the deal expected to go through without any issues, he will likely be eligible for his debut in the match against Brighton at Old Trafford on September 16.
Playing back-up to Andre Onana, the five-times capped international becomes the first Turkish player to ever represent Manchester United.
United, meanwhile, are also closing on the signing of left-back Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham. The Spaniard will become United’s summer signing six as he moves to plug their left-back issue.
The deal won’t be done in time for him to feature at Arsenal on Sunday, however. But with Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia both injured, Reguilon will be in contention for their next match against the Seagulls.
The deal for the Spurs full-back will also contain an option to end the arrangement in the January window should United decide.