Manchester United seem to have identified Sofyan Amrabat as their next top target after securing the arrival of a forward.

Since a deal for Rasmus Hojlund has been completed since last week, United have quickly moved on to their next target.

This comes in the form of 26-year-old Moroccan Sofyan Amrabat who has seen his links to United heat up in recent weeks.

Now according to Mail Online, United are “close to finalising” a deal for the Morocco star after the Red Devils in “secret contact” with Fiorentina.

Amrabat would cost somewhere between £25million and £30m which could be an absolute steal for a player of his quality.

He would likely be the final incoming of what he’s been an incredible summer for United who have hit every need they had.

The final piece, a midfield controller, which is exactly what Amrabat will bring…

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Amrabat was chased by Barcelona

Within United’s midfield there is a really great balance, but it lacks one thing… some control.

A player who can get on the ball and play simple passes to hold possession and build play from the back.

This is what the Atlas Lion’s World Cup hero adds, his style of play draws similarities to the great Sergio Busquets.

This was evident as Barcelona hunted for a new midfielder to replace their outgoing Spaniard.

Multiple Spanish sources suggested that the Moroccan be the perfect Busquets replacement, however his skyrocketing price made him a non-start for Barcelona.

Barcelona decided on using their finances on a striker as priority instead of a midfielder, which explains the eventual budget friendly signing of Oriol Romeu.

Amrabat is perfect for United

Barcelona’s pain is Manchester United’s gain however as they seemingly close in on completing a deal.

The midfielder would bring huge qualities to United’s midfield and can play in various roles too. He also possesses physical qualities and mobility which would be foreign to Busquets.

We imagine he would slot into a position similar to the one Kobbie Mainoo was occupying prior to his unfortunate injury.

Amrabat’s qualities are clear to see on FBRef, with high rankings in all passing stats.

These include being in the 95th percentile for pass completion and 92nd for progressive passes.

He would be the ideal man to have dropping deep and initiating phases of play for United next season.

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