Manchester United Face Competition: Al-Ahli Eyeing Hijack of Sofyan Amrabat Deal

The race for Sofyan Amrabat’s signature is heating up, as Al-Ahli joins the pursuit of the highly-rated Fiorentina midfielder. While Manchester United has long been linked with the 26-year-old since his standout performances for Morocco in the 2022 World Cup, Al-Ahli is now making a serious attempt to lure him to the Saudi Pro League.

Fiorentina previously resisted offers for Amrabat in January, but the situation has changed this summer, with the player not showing interest in extending his contract beyond 2025. This development has intensified transfer speculation around him, with several top European clubs vying for his services.

Manchester United‘s interest in Amrabat has been driven in part by coach Erik ten Hag, who worked with the midfielder during his early career. The Premier League club was reportedly close to securing the transfer, having agreed on a fee of around £30 million.

Khalifa Sofyan Amrabat International Stadium of Morocco during Croatia vs Morocco held at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, CA. (Photo: Guliver Image)

However, Al-Ahli’s ambitions cannot be underestimated. Having gained promotion to the top flight last season, the club is controlled by the influential Public Investment Fund (PIF), giving them the financial means to make significant signings. They have already made a statement of intent with high-profile additions like Edouard Mendy, Riyad Mahrez, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Roberto Firmino.

Now, the Saudi club has set its sights on bolstering their defensive midfield with Amrabat as their primary target. With the ability to match United’s offer and personal terms, Amrabat faces a decision about his future.

While Liverpool and Barcelona were also linked to the midfielder at one point, it appears that they are no longer in the running. This leaves the competition primarily between Manchester United and Al-Ahli, with the latter offering an enticing opportunity to showcase his talents in a different league.

As the transfer window approaches its climax, Amrabat’s decision will have a significant impact on the composition of both Manchester United and Al-Ahli’s squads. The midfielder’s versatility and defensive prowess make him a coveted asset, and fans are eagerly awaiting his decision regarding his future destination. Stay tuned for further updates as the race for Amrabat’s signature unfolds.

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