Manchester United secured a loan agreement with Fiorentina for Sofyan Amrabat on transfer deadline day.

It went down to the wire, but Manchester United just about pulled off a deal to sign Sofyan Amrabat at the end of the transfer window.

Manchester United struck an agreement to sign Amrabat on a season long loan. It involves a £8 million up front fee.

United do have an option to buy, which will be purely a matter of choice. There is no ‘obligation’, or a purchase option dependent on games played.

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Fiorentina’s secret clause

Italian newspaper Il Tirreno reports Fiorentina added one extra clause into the agreement, to protect themselves.

This is in case Manchester United do not decide to activate the option to buy at the end of the current season.

If United don’t buy Amrabat, then the midfielder’s contract at Fiorentina will automatically be extended to 2026.

This is to protect Amrabat’s market value, a precaution to avoid losing the midfielder on the cheap.

Amrabat incentive to succeed at United

Sofyan Amrabat made clear he wanted a new challenge this summer, when he pushed for a move away from Fiorentina.

So he has a stark choice. (a) make his loan stint at Manchester United work, or (b) face an extra two years at Fiorentina, unless another club meet their asking price.

Due to his United deal just being a loan, Amrabat has also not received the pay hike he would have hoped for with a move to Old Trafford.

So there will be a big financial motivation for Amrabat to earn a permanent switch to Manchester United, and deliver strong performances on the pitch in 2023/24.

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