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Manchester United see bid rejected for no.1 transfer target

The Red Devils may not get their man after all

Manchester United have seen their opening offer for midfielder Sofyan Amrabat turned down, according to reports in Italy, with Fiorentina refusing to loan the Moroccan star.

The midfielder has been linked with a range of clubs this summer, but Manchester United have been credited with a long-standing interest in the 27-year-old, who Erik ten Hag has worked with previously.

Initially thought to cost around £30m this summer, Italian outlet Correire dello Sport claim that current side Fiorentina would be willing to accept just £21m for the midfielder, less than his transfermarkt value of £26m.

The Athletic claim that the two sides were ‘attempting to agree a loan deal for the Morocco international’, but it has since been reported in Italy that Fiorentina have rejected all loan approaches for the midfielder, despite Ambrabat training on his own for the last week and not having yet played for La Viola this season.

With Manchester United known to be short on funds this summer as a result of financial fair play restrictions, it is unclear whether or not a deal can be reached for the midfielder despite the fact that he is keen to head to Old Trafford.

Erik Ten Hag’s side are expected to be busy in the final 72 hours of the transfer window, with Dean Henderson set to join Crystal Palace and Altay Bayindir flying into Old Trafford to replace the Englishman, which will also see United net a positive £10m.

The Red Devils are also set to sign a left-back to provide cover for the injured Luke Shaw, with Marc Cucurella on their shortlist.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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