Manchester United are widely reported to be pursuing Sofyan Amrabat once a deal for Rasmus Hojlund is complete.

The Independent reported Sofyan Amrabat is a key target for Manchester United in midfield, once funds are raised from player sales.

A separate report from The Guardian also reports United’s interest, with a maximum of £30 million, although Alfredo Pedulla has claimed Fiorentina could settle for as little as £19 million up front.

Amrabat has only one year left on his contract at Fiorentina, and would provide cover for Casemiro, if he signs for Manchester United.

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Morocco boss encouraged transfer

Sofyan Amrabat was one of the stars of Morocco’s World Cup campaign which saw the North African nation make a surprise run to the semi-finals in Qatar.

His performance in the semi-final against France courted real praise, with one run and tackle on Kylian Mbappe going viral for his incredible combination of speed and determination.

Speaking in the wake of their World Cup run, Morocco manager Walid Regragui encouraged Amrabat to move clubs.

He was quoted via Morrocan TV Arryadia: “With all the respect due to Fiorentina, Amrabat should play for one of the top 10 clubs in the world.”

Data compiled via Opta’s Global Club Power Rankings place Manchester United inside the top 10, ranked ninth.

A tale of two managers

Walid Regragui has played a key part in Amrabat’s career, with the midfielder picking up 49 international caps and counting.

Another manager to leave an impression on the midfielder was current Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag, who coached Amrabat pre-Ajax, during his spell at Utrecht.

Ten Hag picked Amrabat in 50 games, with the then young star picking up more than 4,000 minutes under the Dutchman, and providing 10 assists.

Amrabat was a teenager when he played under Ten Hag. Now 26, the manager would be getting a superior version of the player he once helped develop. 

Regragui feels Amrabat deserves the opportunity Ten Hag can now provide him with at Manchester United. Having shown his ability to produce on the big stage at the World Cup, Amrabat will be desperate to bring his talent to the Champions League at Old Trafford.

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