Ten Hag’s request: Man United ready to make £25.7m move to sign new “monster” alongside Onana

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According to reports, Manchester United is prepared to pay Fiorentina’s €30 million (£25.7 million) asking price to acquire midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.

Sofyan Amrabat is being signed by Man United.
Erik ten Hag and the Red Devils have already begun their summer business by acquiring Mason Mount from Chelsea in a £60 million deal. The renowned number seven shirt at Old Trafford has been taken by the England international, and a new custodian and forward also seem to be in the works.

Andre Onana has been wanted by United since David de Gea formally left the team, and it appears that a transfer for the Cameroonian international from Inter Milan is imminent.

Onana might not be the final addition, though, as Rasmus Hojlund of Atlanta has received an offer. The Serie A club would only accept an £85.5m payment for the Danish international after the Red Devils proposed a player-plus-cash deal.

With earlier reports this month indicating that United and Amrabat had already agreed on personal terms, another new midfielder could also be a possibility.

In the past 48 hours, The Faithful MUFC received another update from Spain regarding Amrabat and a potential transfer to Old Trafford. According to rumours, Ten Hag personally asked for Amrabat’s assistance in Manchester and thinks Amrabat would make a great Casemiro partner. The €30 million (£25.7 million) asking price from Fiorentina will be met by the Red Devils.

Barcelona has also expressed interest in the midfielder as they search for a replacement for Sergio Busquets, but the La Liga champions appear unable to currently afford Amrabat, leaving Man United with a clear path to the player.

The calibre of Sofyan Amrabat?
Amrabat has been with Fiorentina since 2020 and in fact worked for Ten Hag at FC Utrecht. The 26-year-old has played more than 100 times for his current team, and after a strong year, his Transfermarkt valuation has risen from €10 million to a career-high €30 million.

Amrabat could bring a lot of control and quality to Old Trafford as he ranks in the top 1% of midfielders for long passes completed, top 2% for medium passes completed, top 5% for overall pass completion percentage, and top 8% for passes into the final third over the past 365 days according to FBref.

In addition to being referred to as a “monster” by the media, Amarabat received praise for his performances at the World Cup in Qatar last year from former England manager Fabio Capello, who called Amarabat “the Gennaro Gattuso of Morocco.”

“Amrabat would be the name I would mention if I had to, in addition to the well-known Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi. He is a fantastic runner and necessary for balance. I saw that he travelled more than 14 kilometres when playing Spain. He reminds me of Gennaro Gattuso in Morocco.

Although it appears that United’s current priority is securing a transfer for Onana, it appears that they will soon pursue Amrabat. Given his recent form, it could be argued that the Red Devils would be acquiring a player at the peak of his abilities.

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