Bid made: Man Utd stepping up move for “underrated” £30m ace, he’s just like Jorginho

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An update has been made on Manchester United’s pursuit of playmaker Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina.

What’s new with Amrabat going to Manchester United?

Sportitalia claims that the Red Devils have ‘submitted’ an offer to the Serie A team, with a sum of approximately €35 million (£30 million) having been mooted, following rumours that a “agreement” has been made with the 26-year-old over personal terms.

The player himself is claimed to be’ready to leave’ Florence in order to transfer to the Premier League, and the article states that the Moroccan international is now just ‘one step away’ from joining the Old Trafford team.

With only one year remaining on his current contract, the former Club Brugge star—who also played for FC Utrecht under Erik ten Hag—allows United to close a deal without spending a fortune.

What kind of play does Sofyan Amrabat make?

The former Ajax manager appears to be looking to expand his midfield ranks even more, especially with players like Fred and Donny van de Beek facing uncertain futures at the club. Ten Hag started his summer spending by acquiring Mason Mount from rivals Chelsea.

Mount is expected to add more “dynamism” to United’s midfield in an attacking number eight position, according to his manager, but Amrabat’s addition appears to be intended to address a different need. The talented Dutchman will provide a calm, ball-playing presence in front of the defence.

According to writer Muhammad Butt, the “underrated” talent plays a similar function to that of Jorginho at Arsenal and earlier at Chelsea. The two players are also said to have a number of stylistic and statistical parallels, according to FBref.

Amrabat and the Italian international, who also moved to England from Serie A, are similar in that they typically play in a deep-lying midfield position and are unlikely to frequently bomb forward. The Fiorentina star ranks in just the bottom 6% of his European peers for touches in the attacking penalty area, while the former Napoli player ranks in just the bottom 28%.

The pair are able to control the tempo of the game in the middle of the park thanks to their disciplined play. Jorginho, in particular, ranks in the top 9% for attempted passes and the top 11% for progressive passes, while Amrabat ranks in the top 11% and top 8% for those same two metrics, respectively.

The benefit of having such talents at the basis of the midfield is that they also rarely put their side in danger or waste possession; as evidence of their intrinsic poise, Amrabat and Jorginho rank in the top 5% and top 15%, respectively, for pass completion.

This comparison to the latter player is significant because, not long ago, the 31-year-old Brazilian maestro was named the “best midfielder in Europe” by former United manager Jose Mourinho. He also won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award in 2021.

The seasoned player did undergo some growing pains while at Stamford Bridge, having received early criticism from Blues supporters after coming from Naples in 2018. However, he has since emerged on the other side to disprove the naysayers.

Amrabat, a player who stands 6 feet 1, offers the advantage of having an added edge to his game after being dubbed “a raging bull” by Moroccan journalist Amine El Amri. For Ten Hag to find his own version of the Champions League-winning playmaker in the form of Amrabat could then be considered something of a coup.

The Premier League has seen success for Jorginho, so maybe the 49-cap ace can too.

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