Top Manchester United transfer target Sofyan Amrabat is acting like a ‘player on the verge of being sold’ after missing Fiorentina training, according to reports.
The 26-year-old has been on the radars of a number of clubs after his brilliant performances for Morocco at the winter World Cup in Qatar last season.
There has been a clamour for Man Utd to sign a new midfielder before the transfer window shuts after fans witnessed poor displays in the Red Devils’ opening two matches of the Premier League season.
After watching Man Utd lose 2-0 to Tottenham over the weekend, Gary Neville told Sky Sports: “Casemiro looks lost in midfield in these first two matches. What’s clear is that Manchester United’s midfield needs bolstering.
“Ten Hag wants a number six who can play alongside Casemiro and at the moment the club can’t get players out to be able to fund that.
“If they look at the first two weeks, they have to fund it or there will be big problems. What’s clear is that Ten Hag doesn’t want to revert back to Scott McTominay.”
Amrabat has emerged as the top target for Erik ten Hag over the summer and Italian website Calciomercato are reporting that the Moroccan is ‘not training’ with the rest of Fiorentina’s first-team squad as uncertainty remains over his future.
He was on the bench against Genoa in Serie A and now Amrabat is ‘absent on the Viola Park pitch for the last training session before Fiorentina’s departure’ to play Rapid Vienna in the Europa Conference League play-offs.
And the former Club Brugge midfielder now ‘seems to be following in the footsteps of a player on the verge of being sold’ and that ‘his status has been the same since the beginning of the summer’.
Calciomercato also claim that the fact Amrabat is ‘not a priority’ for Man Utd, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid is slowing up a deal as the trio of clubs look to sort other business before attempting to buy the Moroccan.
A bid from Man Utd currently ‘shows no sign of coming’ as Fiorentina ask for €30m, including bonuses, for Amrabat with clubs ‘waiting until the last minute to see if the price drops’.
Mason Mount struggled in his first two matches for Man Utd but Liverpool journalist Neil Jones doesn’t think the Reds dodged a bullet by missing out on the England international.
Jones wrote in his Caught Offside column: “When Mason Mount was linked with Liverpool earlier this year, I think it’s fair to say the reaction among supporters was mixed. Most saw a decent player, but plenty saw his struggles at Chelsea and wondered whether he was a victim of circumstance or whether there was something more to it.
“My personal opinion was that he would have thrived under a manager like Jurgen Klopp, but I understood why Liverpool felt the asking price was too high.
“Looking at Mount’s slow start at Manchester United, and the impact of Dominik Szoboszlai at Liverpool so far, I think it’s safe to say the Reds won’t be regretting their decision not to go all out for the England international.
“That said, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Mount improve at United under Erik ten Hag. It’s very early days, and he’s a very good player. Just not one that Liverpool need to spend too much time thinking about now. Mac Allister and Szoboszlai will see to that!”
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