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2022 World Cup | Second Moroccan midfielder credit with drawing transfer attention after World Cup performances

Serie A outfit Fiorentina have been linked with interest in one of Walid Regragui’s creative outlets on the back of credible appearances in Qatar

The fairytale run perpetrated by Morocco at the 2022 World Cup continues as the Atlas Lions have reached the semi-finals in Qatar while becoming the first African nation to ever reach that stage of the tournament, while Walid Regragui has become the first African manager to ever reach the last four on football’s global stage.

With international tournament success will always come attention, however, as Moroccan creative midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri has become the second player to be the subject of growing interest from clubs in Europe on the back of his performances.

The 26-year-old Sampdoria man is reportedly being eyed by fellow Serie A side Fiorentina according to reports in Italian media, with Football Italian citing a report in La Nazione linking La Viola to a possible move for the Goulmima native.

Fiorentina already boasts Moroccan star Sofyan Amrabat on their books, though the Dutch-born holding midfielder and brother of Nordin Amrabat could be on his way out of Tuscany after growing interest from a number of top clubs in Europe including Premier League giants Liverpool.

Now in his third season in Italy after a divided two-year spell with Ascoli as well as an initial half-season loan last season with Sampdoria, the Ligurian outfit made his move to Stadio Luigi Ferraris permanent this summer while Sabiri has already made thirteen appearances in 2022-23 before the extended international break.

But Fiorentina may struggle to get their man after initials estimates linking his price tag to be around €10m, the Tuscan side may be made to pay a premium after his performances for Morocco this winter and may now be made to part with up to €15m if they are to get their man.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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