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Liverpool target Sofyan Amrabat could be set to leave Fiorentina

Liverpool target Sofyan Amrabat could be set to leave Fiorentina - Liverpool News

Liverpool target Sofyan Amrabat could be set to leave Fiorentina before the deadline with Barcelona in talks, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Lowdown: Amrabat interest

The 26-year-old flew into the headlines after starring in Morocco’s World Cup semi-final run in Qatar, playing every minute of the Atlas Lions’ seven games as they captured everyone’s attention on the world stage.

Amrabat was a standout in midfield and was recognised by Sky Sports, as he was named in their team of the tournament.

He’s been courted by Premier League sides, but a switch to Barcelona now seems the most likely option, with The Express reporting the Liverpool target is set for a deadline-day move amid links to the Reds.

The Latest: Romano update

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano revealed that the Moroccan’s future is certainly one to keep an eye on before the deadline, revealing Amrabat even missed training to force through a move amid talks taking place with the Catalans, saying:

“Keep an eye on Sofyan Amrabat. Barcelona bid €4m for the loan and €37m [for a] potential buy option – not mandatory. Barcelona can’t do any obligation to buy for the Financial Fair Play. [The offer] was turned down by Fiorentina; Fiorentina said no.

“But Amrabat didn’t go to training, so he’s trying to force his move, he wants to find a top club for the final hours of the market, let’s see what happens with Barcelona, but this is one to follow, for sure.”

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The Verdict: Right for Liverpool?

Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled desperately this season with them currently ninth in the league and out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, potentially leaving the door open to a last-minute charge to turn the tide on their campaign.

Midfield has been one of the positions that the Reds have suffered dearest, with Fabinho’s poor form dubbed a symbol of Liverpool’s drop-off by The Guardian’s Sachin Nakrani, whilst Jordan Henderson is only ranked 17th-highest for average rating for Liverpool in the league this season (via WhoScored).

We think Amrabat would prove a smart addition in the engine room should the Reds launch a move at the 11th hour, with Sky Sports reporter Melissa Reddy dubbing him “immense” in the World Cup.

A summer move may be more likely, but with the Barcelona rumours circling ahead of the deadline – which is also 11pm UK time in Spain – Liverpool may be hoping a move collapses if they plan to reignite their reported interest at the end of the season.

With him in the top 5% amongst midfielders for progressive passes over the past year (via FBref), he could be a brave creative player who may help Cody Gakpo finally kickstart his Reds career with him yet to score or assist following his £35m move.

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