Manchester United have a more than decent chance of signing Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina this summer and they have Erik ten Hag to thank for it, a report has claimed.
Man Utd are about to strengthen their midfield with the signing of Mason Mount from Chelsea. However, they could yet look to reinforce further back in the territory too. Casemiro made a positive impression after joining from Real Madrid last summer, but other options like Fred and Scott McTominay are being linked with exits.
Earlier on Monday, Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Man Utd would not stand in Fred’s way of an exit if an appropriate offer – which may come from Fulham – arrived; the same would be the case for Donny van de Beek.
Therefore, Man Utd might need to replenish their midfield further. To address that, one of the potential targets they are in contention for is Amrabat.
The 26-year-old stood out for Morocco at the 2022 World Cup. With only one year remaining on his contract at Fiorentina, unless they activate a 12-month extension option, he could earn himself a big move this summer.
According to La Nazione, Man Utd are rivalling Atletico Madrid for the signature of Amrabat this summer. And it is the Premier League side who hold the advantage.
The reason is a fairly simple one. Ten Hag used to be Amrabat’s manager when their paths crossed at Utrecht in the past.
Having already reunited with his former Ajax pupils Antony and Lisandro Martinez at Man Utd, Ten Hag could link up with another player he has already worked with elsewhere by bringing Amrabat to Old Trafford.
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In order to do so, Man Utd will have to back their manager with a bid for Amrabat worth more than €30m (which could equate to somewhere above £26m).
Whereas those negotiations are still awaiting, there has been some useful progress for Man Utd when it comes to personal terms for Amrabat.
The report claims that the Dutch-born star has an agreement in place with Man Utd about the size of the salary he would receive from them if he was to join.
In turn, Amrabat – whose brother Nordin used to play for Watford – could secure his first taste of Premier League football.
Alternatively, a move to Madrid with Atletico would enable him to play in La Liga for the first time. Either way, a new challenge could be on the horizon for a player who has so far represented clubs in the Netherlands (Utrecht and Feyenoord), Belgium (Club Brugge) and Italy (Hellas Verona and Fiorentina).
Interestingly, only two managers have been responsible for more of Amrabat’s career appearances to date than Ten Hag. Moreover, he assisted 10 goals from his 50 outings under the ex-Utrecht boss – more than he has produced for all the other coaches of his career combined.