Transfer News: Fiorentina director delivers blow to Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in Sofyan Amrabat pursuit
The 26-year-old Fiorentina midfielder has taken the FIFA World Cup by storm, helping his nation, Morocco, top their group and quality for the last 16. The defensive midfielder has played in every single minute of his team’s matches in Qatar so far.
He is a quality player who specialises in the defensive side of things – a profile that suits the system that manager Antonio Conte deploys at Spurs, where there are two midfielders that do the dirty work and afford the rest of the forwards the liberty to attack.
But Fiorentina’s sporting director is perhaps aware of the interest their star midfielder is drawing. His comments when referring to the player’s supposed links with Spurs and Liverpool indicated the Italian side’s desire to keep the midfielder. He said:
“We want to keep Amrabat here, there’s no plan to sell him. We’ve option to extend his contract next year, there’s no rush – he’s part of our plans.”
The option to extend the player’s contract in 2023 gives La Viola a certain degree of control over the player’s future. But like Juventus found out with Dusan Vlahovic, every player has a price.
Spurs fans may want to see the club being linked with a more proven midfielder who has extensive experience playing at the very top level. Amrabat won’t necessarily be an upgrade on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg or Rodrigo Bentancur.
He can, however, be a good option to bring off the bench in games or compete with our starting midfield duo for minutes. Hence, if the price is right, then signing him would make sense in terms of strengthening our squad.
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But if Fiorentina choose to play hardball after Amrabat returns from Qatar with a raised reputation, then the Lilywhites are better of focussing their funds and energy elsewhere.