Tottenham Hotspur have now entered the race for Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, who is currently starring at the World Cup with Morocco.
The Lowdown: Tottenham target midfielder
With Tottenham manager Antonio Conte looking to strengthen the spine of his team in the January transfer window, Amrabat is being considered as a potential option, having put in a series of impressive performances with his national side.
The Lilywhites are currently three points clear of Manchester United in the Premier League, occupying the last Champions League spot, and the manager has identified the Moroccan as capable of spurring them on to another top four finish, but they will face competition from the likes of Liverpool for the man valued at more than £26m.
The Latest: Amrabat in Conte’s sights
According to a report from La Repubblica, via the Express, Conte is interested in making a second approach for the World Cup star, having missed out on him last January, although Fiorentina are not keen to part with one of their prized assets, with sporting director Daniele Prade saying:
“We want to keep Amrabat here, there’s no plan to sell him.”
The Verdict: Make it happen
In modern football, a deal in the region of £26m for a player with as much quality as the £30k-per-week Serie A ace is very reasonable, especially when you consider the level that he has been performing at in Qatar.
While everyone played their part in the history-making victory against Spain on penalties, the 26-year-old was ‘incredible‘ (Joe Krishnan, Express), particularly in a defensive sense, winning all seven of his ground duels and also making four tackles, the joint-highest figure of any player on the pitch.
Blocks are also the enforcer’s forte, displaying a desire to prevent the opposition getting shots away on goal by averaging 1.74 per 90 minutes over the past year, placing him in the 92nd percentile, as opposed to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s figure of 1.41 over the same time period.
As such, Amrabat would provide a fantastic alternative to existing options in the engine room, particularly in games against teams above or around Spurs in the table, when a more defensive style of play is often utilised by Conte.