Manchester United’s Pursuit of Sofyan Amrabat Faces Uncertainty as Agent Expresses Frustration
Manchester United’s hopes of securing the services of Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat are hanging in the balance as his representatives voice their growing frustration. The 27-year-old midfielder had been a prime target for Erik ten Hag’s team, who were keen to bolster their midfield options. However, financial constraints stemming from the need to generate funds through player sales have hindered United’s pursuit.
Amrabat’s absence from Fiorentina’s initial matches and his solitary training sessions while awaiting a move to Old Trafford have raised eyebrows. Yet, The Telegraph reports that the sluggish pace of negotiations coupled with the impending transfer deadline have irked the Moroccan international’s camp, prompting them to explore alternative avenues.
While LaLiga outfit Atletico Madrid has also displayed interest in Amrabat, the player’s preference reportedly lies in securing a move to the Premier League. However, the anticipated transfer to Old Trafford appears to be hanging in the balance due to the mounting frustration of his representatives.
United, dealing with the setback of Luke Shaw’s injury, temporarily shifted their focus away from midfield recruitment to submit a bid for Chelsea’s left-back Marc Cucurella. In their pursuit of defensive reinforcement, the club finds itself in competition with Premier League rivals Liverpool, who had previously been linked with Amrabat earlier in the transfer window. This turn of events could potentially pave the way for Liverpool to make a decisive move.
The urgency for United to bolster their defensive midfield ranks, particularly in support of Casemiro, arises from his uncertain start to the season. However, significant expenditures amounting to £170 million on players like Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount, and Andre Onana have limited further recruitment possibilities.
The club’s attempts to meet Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and facilitate additional signings necessitate more player departures. Currently, only Anthony Elanga, Fred, and Alex Telles have been transferred for fees, underscoring the need for more outgoings.
Compounding United’s concerns are the injuries to left-backs Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia. The prolonged absence of Shaw due to a muscle injury and Malacia’s injury necessitate urgent measures for a replacement. United has thus submitted a £2.5 million loan bid for Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella and is in discussions with Chelsea, who are seeking a £5 million loan fee for the Spanish defender.
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