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Manchester United Linked To This Moroccan Midfield Ace: Should Ten Hag Bring Him Aboard?

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According to a Mirror report, Manchester United has fueled further speculation surrounding a potential move for Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina. Despite already securing the services of Mason Mount for a hefty £60 million fee, manager Erik ten Hag is reportedly eager to bolster the midfield further. Amrabat has emerged as the favoured candidate to occupy a central role at Old Trafford.

Amrabat’s Campaign With Fiorentina Last Season

After enduring a difficult spell with La Viola in the 2021/2022 season, Amrabat regained his confidence in the central areas of the pitch as he had more play time in the last campaign. The defensive midfielder appeared in 34 matches, securing just one assist for the Italian outfit last season but managing to become a key member of Vincenzo Italiano’s side.

The Moroccan sensation was reliable and consistent in the holding midfield position after averaging 1.3 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 0.6 clearances per game in Serie A. He was also tidy with the ball distribution, as evident from his pass completion rate of 89.8% in the Italian top-flight (stats via whoscored).

NAPLES, ITALY – MAY 07: Sofyan Amrabat of ACF Fiorentina is challenged by Hirving Lozano of SSC Napoli during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on May 07, 2023 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Amrabat’s contract with the Italian side lasts until the July of 2024, so it makes sense for the Serie A to cash in on him this summer even though the club’s president pointed out earlier this year that he is not for sale, especially after his impressive performances in the 2022 FIFA World Cup which has propelled his career in the right direction.

Should Ten Hag Bring Him To Manchester United?

Sofyan Amrabat’s limited playing time under new head coach Italiano earlier last year raised doubts about his future at the club. However, his recent impressive performances have quashed any notion of him being merely a bench option. Fiorentina has opted to retain him for another season, but they are cautious about losing him for free. As a result, discussions for a new contract might be underway. The Italian side has made the right decision, as Amrabat has shown remarkable form on the grandest stage of all – the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

His recent displays have effectively silenced any doubts about his ability to perform at the highest level. Consequently, he has attracted interest from multiple clubs, including the Red Devils. Nevertheless, convincing Fiorentina to part ways with him may prove more challenging than ever, as they would likely demand a substantial fee for his transfer.

Nonetheless, a tempting offer could persuade the Italian side to let him go, and it would be wise for manager Erik ten Hag to explore this opportunity. Amrabat would undoubtedly be an excellent addition to Man United’s midfield department at Old Trafford.

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