La Repubblica (as relayed by Sport Witness) have backed Tottenham Hotspur to make a move for Sofyan Amrabat in January but suggest that the North London club would find it difficult to get a deal for the player over the line.
Morocco have undoubtedly been the surprise package of the World Cup, having made it to the quarterfinal stage of the competition while conceding just one goal so far.
Amrabat’s solid displays have been key to the North African side’s progress, and unsurprisingly, the 26-year-old is thought to have caught the attention of several Premier League clubs.
Foot Mercato reported on Wednesday that the Reds were the front-runners for Amrabat’s signature, having already spoken to the player’s entourage.
The report explained that the midfielder will meet with the Liverpool hierarchy once again after the World Cup campaign to discuss a move to Anfield.
However, if La Repubblica‘s latest update is to be believed, Tottenham are still very much in the race for Amrabat, with Antonio Conte said to be keen on snapping up the Viola star after ‘being close’ to doing so back in January of this year.
The report explains that Fiorentina value the former Club Brugge man at a minimum of €25m-30m (£21.5m-£25.8m) and that the figure could rise if there is a bidding war for his signature.
However, La Repubblica add that a move for Amrabat will be difficult to pull off in January, given the midfielder’s importance to Vincenzo Italiano’s side.
Spurs Web Opinion
I would be extremely surprised if Amrabat is still at Fiorentina at the end of the January transfer window as I fully expect several of Europe’s big hitters show interest in the 26-year-old.
However, I do not think Spurs will push ahead with a move for the Moroccan as we have four good options in that area of the pitch. I think the speculation linking Amrabat to Tottenham has arisen purely out of the fact that we showed interest in the player 12 months ago.
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