Juventus eye Manchester United outcast for summer midfield revamp

Sofyan Amrabat
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Juventus could be revisiting interest in a midfielder whose star turn at the 2022 World Cup hasn't translated into success at Manchester United. Gazzetta dello Sport indicate the Italian side is keen on Sofyan Amrabat, currently on a season-long loan at Old Trafford from Fiorentina.

Amrabat joined United on loan from Fiorentina with significant fanfare. The €10 million loan fee and €20 million buy option reflected the belief that his combative World Cup displays for Morocco could translate to Premier League success. However, after just 14 appearances and 634 minutes of action, the likelihood of United triggering the purchase option seems slim.

Despite his struggles in Manchester, Juventus' interest remains strong. Sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli is reportedly an admirer, likely drawn to Amrabat's tireless work rate, a hallmark of his World Cup campaign, and his prior contributions to Fiorentina in Serie A, the Coppa Italia, and the Conference League.

With only one year remaining on Amrabat's Fiorentina contract after this season, the Italian club may be motivated to sell rather than risk losing him on a free transfer the following year. This could open the door for Juventus, who had considered the Moroccan before his United move, to potentially negotiate a favourable deal.

While Amrabat's statistical profile over the last 365 days reveals a player who doesn't offer much goal-scoring threat, he excels at ball distribution and possession. These attributes could be precisely what Juventus seeks to bolster their midfield.

Interestingly, Juventus has yet to splash any cash on major signings this season, with a reported €0 in transfer fees spent. This could suggest they're gearing up for targeted acquisitions, with Amrabat fitting the profile as a potentially cost-effective midfield reinforcement.

Of course, Amrabat could yet find his form at United or attract another suitor. But as the summer transfer window looms, a return to Serie A with Juventus seems a distinct possibility. His brief, underwhelming chapter at Manchester United appears to be drawing to a close.