According to Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham Hotspur were very close to signing Sofyan Amrabat, who has been impressing for Morocco at the 2022 World Cup already.
Amrabat currently plays for Italian side Fiorentina, where he has played 20 games this season, including seven appearances in the Europa Conference League (Transfermarkt). The defensive midfielder has earned plaudits for his displays in the first half of the season.
The 26-year-old is an established international with Morocco, and is looking to add to his 40 caps (Transfermarkt) at the World Cup this winter in Qatar.
He caught the eye in his first game at the tournament against Croatia, with Fabrizio Romano describing the impact “one more good performance for Sofyan Amrabat with Morocco, after great first part of the season with Fiorentina” could have in the transfer market.
Romano reveals “there are many clubs tracking him for summer 2023.” It’s not clear what clubs exactly, but Romano does add that Amrabat “was one step away from joining Tottenham last year, Conte wanted Amrabat but deal collapsed.”
This reinforces reports around the January transfer window which suggested Spurs had made contact and even had an agreement in place for the midfielder (Corriere Fiorentino 27/01/22 via Sport Witness) before the signing of Rodrigo Bentancur.
Italian outlet Foot Mercato claimed in May 2022 that Spurs were still keen on Amrabat and had begun to explore the options for signing him once more. According to that report, Amrabat is a player Fabio Paratici has admired for ‘several years.’
It remains to be seen whether Spurs will be chasing Amrabat’s signature once more in the forthcoming transfer window, but by the sounds of it, the player will not be short of options should he look to move away from Fiorentina.
Spurs Web Opinion
Amrabat was very impressive for Morocco and certainly looks like the kind of strong, composed central midfielder Antonio Conte appears to favour. We know that Spurs scouts will be watching the World Cup closely, and I’d be very surprised if they weren’t taking note of Amrabat’s displays.
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