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Ten Hag ecstatic as Man Utd reach ‘total agreement’ for marquee signing of Liverpool target; medical planned as star snubs ‘multiple’ clubs for United

Erik ten Hag and Man Utd are tracking Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat

Erik ten Hag and Man Utd are tracking Sofyan Amrabat

Manchester United will beat the deadline to seal the signing of Sofyan Amrabat with Erik ten Hag finally getting his way and now reportedly getting the green light to seal the midfielder’s transfer.

The Red Devils have made four signings so far this summer with Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund arriving for a combined £172m. United have also brought in veteran defender Jonny Evans on a short-term deal which will likely soon be extended. As a free agent, however, Ten Hag is in no hurry to get that one over the line.

However, the United manager has made no secret of his desire to sign another midfielder to compliment Casemiro in the engine room. United have looked a soft touch through the midfield in their opening round of games and Ten Hag is determined to get a new signing over the line.

His top target in that regard has always been Amrabat. However, striking a deal with Fiorentina has proved long and problematic, owing, in the main, to La Viola’s €35m (£30.9m) valuation of the star.

United, however, feel that the star, with now just 10 months left on his deal, is valued too highly. With that in mind, Ten Hag and Co have taken a patient approach to securing his signing before the window closes.

To that end, David Ornstein reportedly earlier this week that talks are underway over a potential loan deal for Amrabat. Under the terms of the complex arrangement, the Serie A side would likely first extend his contract to ensure they don’t lose the player on a free. And in presenting United with an option to buy, the deal looked an acceptable outcome for all parties.

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Man Utd secure Sofyan Amrabat transfer green light

However, after reports in Italy claimed United had seen an attempt to sign him on loan fail, the club has since been forced to go back to the drawing board.

Now Football Insider reports that United have reached a breakthrough over Amrabat after a late-night breakthrough in talks.

They claim the 27-year-old has now been given the greenlight to travel to Old Trafford for talks and a medical.

And while the terms of the deal are not yet known, it is believed Fiorentina and United are believed to have settled on a fee in the region of £30m for the player.

The key issue for United came after they learned that the Serie A side have a 12-month option to extend his deal. Armed with that information, and knowing that Fiorentina were opposed to a loan approach, United felt they had no choice but to meet his asking price.

Now the marquee signing of Amrabat is expected to go through before Friday’s 11pm deadline with United now putting the ‘finishing touches’ to the deal.

Liverpool among the clubs Amrabat has rejected for Man Utd

Italian journalist Alfedo Pedulla, meanwhile, claims United have reached ‘total agreement’ to sign the World Cup semi-finalist.

And with personal terms agreed weeks ago, it is now just left for the player to pass his medical before signing on the dotted line.

Peduall also claims that, so determined has Amrabat been to join United, that the player has snubbed multiple other approaches to seal his move to Old Trafford.

Among them, Liverpool were strongly vying for his signature, while interest has also arrived from Saudi Arabia and a couple of top clubs from Spain, with Atletico Madrid among them.

Amrabat is expected to sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford, with United having a one-year option to extend that stay.

The player will also be playing under Ten Hag for the second time in his career having impressed under him during his breakthrough season at Utrecht back in the 2016/17 season.

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