One of the main Manchester United competitors for Sofyan Amrabat appear to have pulled out of the race.
Morocco World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat is looking to leave Fiorentina this summer and has his eyes set on a big club.
The Mail report Amrabat is a target for Manchester United, dependent on the club selling players to raise funds, with a striker the priority.
United are not the only side interested in the Serie A ace, but one suitor may have just pulled out of the race.
Barcelona move for Oriol Romeu
Forbes reported in June that Barcelona were keen on Sofyan Amrabat and were keen on a potential offer. Their interest has since subsided.
The La Liga champions have just moved to bolster their midfield by signing Oriol Romeu from Girona, for just £4 million, Barca Universal report.
This is their alternative move to paying the £25-30 million for Amrabat, having chosen to splash the cash on young striker Vitor Roque as a priority.
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Manchester United Amrabat battle
The challenge Manchester United face over Amrabat, is that the club are not ready to launch a bid right now.
A striker is the priority, which will determine the remaining budget, while there is a hope that in the meantime, player sales will bolster the club’s funds.
What United don’t need, is another club steaming in right now with a lucrative offer which wins Fiorentina and Amrabat over.
Barcelona have the prestige and Champions League football which could prove attractive, so it is good news they are out of the race. Now it is up to United to tie up other business, before turning to the Moroccan.
Why United need Amrabat
Manchester United improved last season but were beaten too easily in games away from home. Adding in tough tackling enforcer Amrabat will make United far less of a pushover.
He will also provide valuable cover for Casemiro, who cannot be expected to start every single game in all competitions.
Amrabat has also played under Erik ten Hag before, and should fit seamlessly into his midfield. There is a lot to like about this potential move.