Manchester United have been repeatedly linked with a move for Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat over the past few weeks.
The Red Devils are keen on signing another midfielder amid the possibility that Fred and Scott Mctominay could be leaving the club this summer.
However, despite their being reports particularly from Italy that the deal is close, with Alfredo Pedulla claiming that United are about to offer €35 million (£30 million) for the Moroccan, those talks seem premature.
According to Chris Wheeler, United’s interest in the midfielder is real according to the Daily Mail but talk of a deal being close to completion is premature.
Kim Min Jae comparison
United fans will probably be used to this talk following a few weeks of strong links to Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae, but the deal was seemingly never as close as it was reported in Italy.
Bayern Munich ended up triggering the release clause in the Korean’s contract and signed the Napoli defender despite United reportedly being interested in the 26-year-old.
Whether the Amrabat deal is similar to that of the Min-Jae deal remains to be seen. However, there are eerie similarities and the hope will be that United doesn’t make similar mistakes and let the deal to sign the Moroccan slip through their fingers.
Fred and Van de Beek sales crucial
According to Fabrizio Romano, for United to sign Amrabat, they would need to sell Donny Van de Beek and Fred to be able to fund the signing of the 26-year-old midfielder.
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United reportedly have a budget of £120 million net, which means they can sell players to make up the money they spend on transfers this summer.
Having already sold Anthony Elanga for £20 million according to the same article from the Mail, United will have room to manoeuver but will need the sale of the Brazilian and the Dutchman before moving for the midfielder who shone at the World Cup in Qatar.