Morocco World Cup hero considered ‘non-transferable’ in blow to Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs
Serie A club Fiorentina reportedly view Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur target Sofyan Amrabat as ‘non-transferable’.
Amrabat shone for Morocco at the World Cup as the Atlas Lions defied the odds to become the first African team to reach the semi-finals in tournament history.
Tottenham have previously registered an interest in signing the 26-year-old under Antonio Conte.
A deal failed to materialise last winter or in the summer, and following a terrific World Cup campaign, Spurs will have more competition if they reignite their interest when the transfer window opens next month.
Interest is now coming from Liverpool, who are desperate for midfield reinforcements and may be forced into action in January.
Their top target remains Jude Bellingham, though they are believed to be very keen on Argentina international and World Cup Young Player of the Tournament, Enzo Fernandez.
A report earlier this week stated that Fiorentina will be willing to sell Amrabat for €45million.
It was stated that Chelsea have now entered the race, with many Premier League clubs obviously very impressed with the combative midfielder’s showings in Qatar.
La Gazzetta dello Sport now claim that Fiorentina could be tempted into a sale for a fee in the region of €45m, while also stating that La Viola see him as an ‘unsellable’ asset; which is slightly contradicting.
Fiorentina are unsurprisingly ‘enthusiastic’ after Amrabat’s performances at the World Cup, and there are no negotiations over a transfer currently taking place.
The Italian club paid €20m to sign Amrabat from Hellas Verona in 2020, which is seen as a hefty investment.
This means Fiorentina ‘consider’ the Moroccan ‘non-transferable’ and see him as a ‘fundamental element’ for the rest of the 2022-23 season.
Spurs and Liverpool are mentioned in the report, as are Atalanta, Torino and Napoli. Clubs from Spain are also said to like the player.
Conte has ‘been close’ with Amrabat ‘in the past’, confirming the north Londoners’ interest.
If he does leave, €45m (£39.2m) will do. ‘Non-transferable’ my a*se.
Amrabat recently responded to rumours of a Fiorentina exit, telling Marca: “It is a great honour to be associated with these kinds of clubs.
“Right now I’m playing for Fiorentina. I have a lot of respect for my club, it’s a great team.
“I have a great coach [Vincenzo Italiano] and a wonderful relationship with the owner Rocco Commisso, who brought me to Fiorentina, and also with Joe Barone [general manager] and Daniele Prade [sporting director].
“I have a lot of respect for them and for the club.”
After Fiorentina opted against signing Lucas Torreira on a permanent basis, Amrabat is eager to show his loyalty to the Florence club, his agent, Alberto Maria, revealed.
Maria told Radio Sportiva: “Fiorentina are enjoying his qualities now, given that last year [his position] was a bit covered by Lucas Torreira.
“We have received many phone calls for him, but we respect the choices Fiorentina are making.
“They decided to bet on him and not to redeem Torreira, even if they could have played together.
“The calls are nice, but we have an excellent relationship with Fiorentina, in addition to the long contract that binds him to the Viola. Despite playing in a lower European competition, they are a very respectable club.”
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