Amrabat had been aware of United’s interest throughout the summer and dismissed interest from other clubs as he prepared for a move to Old Trafford and a reunion with Erik ten Hag, who he played under at Utrecht.
United were open to buying Amrabat, but their struggle to raise more money through sales has seen them operating under the strict constraints of UEFA’s financial control and racing to try to secure a loan agreement for the Moroccan midfielder before Friday’s deadline.
It is understood that Fiorentina are open to loaning Amrabat but want to include a clause in any deal obligating United to buy the 27-year-old next summer when his contract with the Italian club expires. A potential buyout fee of between €25m (£22m) and €30m (£26m) is believed to have been discussed. Fiorentina have the option to extend Amrabat’s contract for another year, until June 2025.
Reports of a loan package of between €2m and €5m have been cited, but as well as a fixed amount covering the loan period, it is also believed that Fiorentina want guarantees on future income from the sale.
Amrabat received offers from Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaAnd Galatasaray and Atletico Madrid this summer and other clubs in it England It is also understood that they showed interest but the midfielder was aware of United’s desire to sign him and was waiting until that was formalised.
United sale Brazil Midfielder Fred moved to Fenerbahçe in a deal worth up to £12.9m this month, but Ten Hag was hoping to see more players leave so he could reinvest the money.
Donny van de Beek – who is the subject of late loan interest from Galatasaray and Lorient – has yet to be sold and Scott McTominay is also still at the club after a summer in which he was linked with several suitors. Other peripheral players, such as Eric BaileyHowever, it proved difficult to move forward. Harry Maguire will be staying at Old Traffordfor the time being at least.
Ten Hag considers signing a No. 6 midfielder who can help control the tempo of matches crucial to his plans this season and hopes to add Amrabat, who was part of the Morocco side that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018. The State of Qatar In December, Fiorentina beat West Ham In the European League Final in June.
If United can secure a deal over the line, Amrabat would become United’s fourth permanent signing or loan in the two summers he previously played under Ten Hag and eighth with some form of Dutch link-up.
Amrabat – Who covered a distance of 81.4 km in the World Cup for Moroccomore than any other player in the tournament – credits Ten Hag with greatly influencing his career as a teenager at Utrecht
“After every game, he would take me on a video and explain everything to me,” Amrabat said in an interview with The Athletic in March. “I was 18 or 19, so I would sometimes think, ‘Oh, again?’. But now, when I look back, I know he was very important to my career. I learned a lot from him.”