It’s been confirmed: Manchester United have sealed a provisional agreement with Fiorentina to bring Moroccan midfielder Sofyan Amrabat to Old Trafford. While whispers about the 27-year-old’s future have been circulating all summer, it’s understood that the Red Devils have been the front-runners throughout.
Renowned transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that the clubs have settled on terms, clearing the way for Amrabat to travel to England for a medical assessment. According to Romano, the tentative arrangement involves an initial loan deal carrying a €10m (£8.6m) fee. Furthermore, a €20m (£17.1m) buyout clause, along with €5m (£4.3m) in potential add-ons, is set to be activated in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Talks between Fiorentina and Manchester United reportedly reached a fever pitch late into the night and continued into the morning. A formal announcement from both sides seems imminent. Though other football giants like Liverpool, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid have been linked to Amrabat, he is said to have had his sights set on United all along.
Having turned out for Fiorentina 107 times across various competitions—including 49 matches last season alone—Amrabat is set to depart the Serie A club. Interestingly, he hasn’t featured for Fiorentina this term, a likely result of the ongoing transfer saga.
When quizzed about the imminent deal in a pre-match presser on Friday, United’s head coach Erik ten Hag was circumspect: “I can’t tell because I don’t know. When we have news, we will tell you.”
The arrival of Amrabat comes as a welcome boost for United’s midfield, which has recently lost Mason Mount due to injury. Scott McTominay, however, looks set to remain at Old Trafford, despite last-minute overtures from Fulham.
In related news, Altay Bayindir has been officially unveiled as a Red Devil this Friday morning, and he’s expected to join the squad for this Sunday’s clash against Arsenal. Ten Hag also disclosed in his press conference that Sergio Reguilon has participated in training sessions with United, suggesting that his loan move from Tottenham Hotspur is nearing a formal announcement.