Manchester United wanted Fiorentina midfield ace on loan in January

Manchester United were interested in signing Sofyan Amrabat on loan from Fiorentina in the January transfer window.

The Morocco midfielder impressed at the World Cup as one of the tournament’s standout players, so there was a spotlight on him at the time.

It sounds like Amrabat could have been a player Erik ten Hag targeted midway through the season, but Fiorentina were unwilling to let one of their star players leave on loan.

That is what Nordin Amrabat, the midfielder’s brother, said on Sunday via Good Morning Orange on ESPN.

“I can name three clubs who were concerts in the last two or three days of the transfer window,” Nordin told Voetbal Primeur, as per Fabrizio Romano.

“United wanted to rent him with an option to buy, but Fiorentina didn’t want that. Barcelona came, but because of the financial problems without an option to buy. The third was Chelsea.”

He added: “Sofyan thought it would continue. But Fiorentina just said no. No way. We want to win the Conference League, win the Italian Cup. You are one of our most important players, we will not let you go now. We can talk about a transfer this summer.”

Barcelona came in for Amrabat after United failed to secure a loan deal, as did Chelsea, but a transfer never materialised and he remained in Italy.

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