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Barcelona Locked In A Three-Way Battle For This Serie A Ace: Good Choice For Xavi?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Fichajes claimed that Barcelona are locked in a three-way battle for Fiorentina ace Sofayan Amrabat. It has been revealed that Catalan giants could face competition in the form of Liverpool and Manchester United in pursuit of the Morocco international.

Amrabat’s Impressive Run of Form At Stadio Artemio Franchi

Amrabat is having a solid campaign in Italian football as he has produced a run of eye-catching performances at the centre of Fiorentina’s midfield. The Huizen-born talent has made 20 appearances for the Florence outfit this season in all competitions.

The 26-year-old has anchored the midfield well for Fiorentina based on his average of 1.2 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 0.5 clearances per 90 minutes in Serie A football. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from midfield after completing 90.8% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Italian football (stats via whoscored).

Amrabat is under contract at Stadio Artemio Franchi is set to run out in the summer of 2024. Hence, Barca have a good shot at landing him on the cheap at the end of this campaign.

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Is Amrabat A Good Choice For Barcelona Boss Xavi?

Amrabat is a solid tackler of the ball and can make some timely interceptions for his team at the centre of the park. He usually clears the danger when needed and can offer some decent protection for his teammates at the back.

Amrabat is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also function as a central defender if his manager tells him to do so. The Morocco international is an accurate passer of the ball. Hence, he will be a decent choice for Xavi’s style of football at the Nou Camp.

Amrabat has got the experience and skill set to be a real asset for a top club like Barca in the coming seasons. We can expect him to bring more bite and steel to Xavi’s midfield department at the Catalan club. He might even help Barcelona compete for some major trophies in the future if Xavi can get the best out of him.

At 26, Amrabat is about to enter his prime and is good enough to be a regular starter at the Nou Camp. All in all, the Morocco sensation has what it takes to make a positive impact for the Catalan outfit over the next few years as long as he can make a smooth transition to life in Spanish football.

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