Man Utd to hit back at Liverpool with Ten Hag plotting calculated approach for midfield star

Ciaran McCarthy
Liverpool transfer target Sofyan Amrabat
Sofyan Amrabat has been linked with both Liverpool and Manchester United.

Manchester United will ‘almost certainly’ make an attempt to sign Sofyan Amrabat, potentially ‘in the last few hours’ of the transfer window, according to a report.

United have signed three players so far this summer. They began with the snare of Mason Mount, before signing Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund.

The latter pair were needed signings, with David de Gea leaving, and a scarcity of central attackers in the United squad. Another seemingly required move is for a holding-midfielder.

After Fred left, and with Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek still potentially to depart, Erik ten Hag will be hoping he can bring in another man in the position; Fiorentina’s Amrabat has been the main name on that list this summer.

Despite that, United have not managed to get the deal over the line yet. Their failure to do so has allowed rivals Liverpool back into the mix.

The Reds have also been in the hunt for a holding-midfielder all summer, making it no secret that was a position of need, attempting to sign Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo – both rejected them – before snaring Wataru Endo.

But they’ve continued to look for another star in the position, and after putting their hat in the ring for Amrabat, it was recently reported they are ‘very close’ to striking an agreement for him.

United are set to hit back, as per Il Tirreno. Their report states United will ‘almost certainly’ make an attempt to sign Amrabat, and could do so in a calculated manner.

Indeed, it’s believed they could come in with an offer ‘in the final days if not the last few hours’ of the transfer window ‘to try to lower the price’.

Of course, that’ll only work out for them if Liverpool, or any other side, haven’t already made the signing. Il Tirreno states the Reds ‘will hardly add another midfielder with these characteristics (a holding-midfielder)’.

That’s contrary to the latest report, so it’s unclear if Liverpool are close to the signing or not. If not, United will hope nobody comes in before the end of the window, so they can make their cheeky attempt at the signing late on.

That could see Amrabat’s price potentially driven down from the £25.5million Fiorentina want to receive.

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