Chelsea have considered a deal to sign Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina this summer as Mauricio Pochettino explores alternatives to Moises Caicedo.
That is according to the Independent.
What’s the story?
Well, it is said that Chelsea have a number of midfielders on their shortlist this summer, including Romeo Lavia, Khephren Thuram, Mohammed Kudus and Caicedo.
All four of those names have been regularly linked with moves to Chelsea, although Amrabat is a new option.
The Morocco international put his name up in lights at the World Cup in November and December, playing every minute as he helped the Atlas Lions knock out Belgium, Spain and Portugal to reach the Semi-Final.
Amrabat and Morocco eventually lost 2-0 to France in the semi-final, although the Fiorentina No.34 was involved in one of the moments of the tournament as he raced back to catch up with Kylian Mbappe, before snapping the PSG No.7 with a solid tackle.
You can see that incident below.
Aside from his exploits in Qatar, Amrabat also made 49 appearances in all competitions last season at club level, where he helped Fiorentina reach the UEFA Conference League final and finish eighth in Serie A.
Manchester United pose serious threat to Chelsea in Amrabat race
Judging by how the transfer window has played out so far, Amrabat is not a key target for Pochettino, but merely an option if a deal for Caicedo breaks down.
However – if Chelsea do end up turning to the Moroccan – Manchester United pose a serious threat.
The Guardian believe Erik ten Hag’s side are planning to make a bid for Amrabat once they offload a few fringe players, and Fiorentina are expected to demand £30m.
That is not a large amount of money in the modern era, to say the least.
Be sure to keep an eye on this situation, as Chelsea weigh up a move for Amrabat.