Written By Onyeka Daniel
Manchester United are finalising Sofyan Amrabat’s transfer from Fiorentina on loan with an obligation to buy ahead of the closing of the summer transfer window.
Fiorentina’s loan demands for Amrabat looked like it would put an end to the move after the player rejected Fulham, who had presented an offer that was accepted by the La Viola.
Erik ten Hag’s side are working on a late move to sign the Moroccan midfielder, but will need to reach a compromise with the Italian side over a loan fee. Reports from England has it that Fiorentina are demanding a €10million loan fee for and it now looks like agreement has been reached.
Fabrizio Romano and Sky Sport Italia report that Amrabat’s move from Manchester United to Fiorentina is a done deal. The Red Devils have made a new, improved offer for the Morocco international which has been accepted by Fiorentina.
They have offered the €10m loan fee plus a further €20m to sign him permanently, covering the full €30m that the Italian club had been hoping to sell the player for. It was revealed earlier in the day that a private jet has been booked from Florence to arrive at Manchester Airport on Friday afternoon.
The Cessna jet appeared on flight tracking websites on Friday morning. As it is a private flight, it is possible the scheduled time could be pushed back amid the prospect of the Amrabat deal becoming more protracted. Amrabat is Ten Hag’s preferred target to bolster their midfield before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
Ten Hag coached the Morocco international at FC Utrecht in the mid-2010s. It puts an end to a transfer saga that had been raging since the transfer window opened.
Newcastle manager, Eddie Howe says Sandro Tonali is ‘looking forward’ to meeting Milan in Champions League but hopes he ‘gets the reception he deserves’ at San Siro. Milan were drawn with Newcastle, PSG and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage on Thursday, meaning they’ll meet their ex-players Tonali and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Newcastle coach Howe held a pre-match press conference on Friday to discuss the outcome of the draw, among other things. One question was about Tonali and his reaction to meeting Milan just a few months after his €80m transfer. Howe confirmed he had spoken to the Italian after the draw.
“I have and I think it’s a great thing for him,” he said. “I hope he gets the reception that he deserves for what he did for the club and how much he loves Milan. I am sure he’s looking forward to the game. I won’t go into much detail, but I think he was pleased to return home.” He further added.
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