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Man Utd see cheeky €20m midfielder bid rejected but Ten Hag hopes of dazzling double deal grow after Glazers cash injection

Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina is a target for Man Utd

Sofyan Amrabat is a target for Man Utd

Manchester United have reportedly seen an opening offer knocked back by Fiorentina for Sofyan Amrabat – but hopes are growing that the signing of the Moroccan, together with another big-name signing, are closing in for Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman is overseeing his second summer window in charge of the Red Devils. Last season, an influx of £216m worth of new talent helped the Red Devils enjoy a hugely-progressive season, in which they finished third and reached two cup finals.

And if the club can enjoy another solid summer of transfer dealings, hopes will grow that Ten Hag can help close that gap on Treble-winning Manchester City.

However, with several squad upgrades still apparent – together with the delay of the club’s takeover going through – means the Glazers remain in charge. As a result, Ten Hag is operating with a reported £120m budget, plus anything extra generated from sales.

But with at least four marquee signings in his sights, Ten Hag and United are having to negotiate harder than ever this summer.

That said, they have managed to bring in Mason Mount for a fee of £55m from Chelsea. And they are also on the cusp of announcing the Andre Onana signing from Inter Milan. All the details of Onana’s move are revealed here, with David De Gea’s successor to set the club back another £47m.

That bites a large chunk out of that apparent summer budget. And with a new striker and potentially another midfielder or defender also on Ten Hag’s wishlist, it appears the Dutchman will have to compromise on his needs.

That said, United can generate some much needed revenue through player sales.

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Man Utd fall short with opening offer for Amrabat

Harry Maguire continues to attract attention, while Fred, Scott McTominay and Dean Henderson are also in demand.

Certainly the sales of ‘McFred’, as they are popularly dubbed, could swell United’s coffers by some £50m – £60m.

And Ten Hag seemingly plans to replace the pair with one addition alone in Amrabat.

The Moroccan enjoyed an outstanding World Cup as his nation reached the semi-finals. But with a year left on his deal at Fiorentina, Amrabat has been made available for transfer.

To that end, United, as well as Liverpool, are being linked with a move for the 26-year-old.

Deemed a perfect midfield partner for Casemiro, the tough-tackling star looks well equipped to play in the Premier League.

Now according to il Corriere dello Sport, United have already seen an opening offer rejected by La Viola. And while the exact amount of the offer is not disclosed, it’s suggested their gambit was a cheeky €20m (£17.7m)

Per the report, though, Fiorentina are requesting €30m (£25.8m) for Amrabat. And the desired fee remains ‘far from the offer’ of the Red Devils so far.

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However, Ten Hag has reasons to be believe a deal can ultimately be sanctioned.

And the Daily Mirror claims that the Glazers are ready to increase the United manager’s summer budget to £170m (€197m).

As a result, hopes are growing that a deal for both Amrabat and their top striker target in Rasmus Hojlund.

United have seen an opening offer fail for the Dane. However, after efforts to negotiate a player exchange also fell on deaf ears, Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip has a positive update on the pursuit of Hojlund.

With Hojlund rated at €60m (£51.6m) the double signing will likely set United back a combined €90m (£77.3m).

And including Onana and Mount, that will take their summer spending close to £180m. Player sales will then comfortably make up the shortfall in their budget.

To that end, there is a growing hope that United can soon add both players to their ranks.

To aid United’s prospects of a deal for Amrabat, Corriere dello Sport describes Liverpool interest as only ‘superficial’ at this stage.

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