Liverpool ‘made Soufiane Amrabat the top £40m transfer target alongside Jude Bellingham’ while Jurgen Klopp seeks midfield reinforcements… and Morocco’s World Cup star ‘keen on a move to the Reds’
- Moroccan midfielder Sofiane Amrabat was a star at the World Cup
- His performances in Qatar attracted the interest of several European clubs
- Liverpool made Amrabat a transfer target alongside Judd Bellingham
- They will face competition for places from Tottenham and Atletico Madrid
- However, the midfielder is said to be keen on a move to Liverpool
Liverpool are said to have made Moroccan star Soufiane Amrabat their number one transfer target – and the midfielder is interested in a move to the Reds.
Amrabat was a key part of Morocco’s unforgettable World Cup run as they became the first African team to reach the tournament’s semi-finals, playing every minute for Qatar.
The Fiorentina midfielder is widely seen as one of the superstars of the World Cup and has attracted interest from several top European clubs.
Liverpool have reportedly made Moroccan star Sofiane Amrabat (centre) their first transfer target
And according to the French website Foot Mercato – which had previously reported that Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp held a meeting with representatives of Amrabat and will meet again after the World Cup – the German identified him as his first target alongside England and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.
Klopp is keen to add to his options in central midfield during January and has made Amrabat a “priority” alongside Bellingham.
Amrabat is under contract with his club, Fiorentina, until 2024, but the Foot Mercato report stated that they were not opposed to selling him in January, and the 26-year-old was estimated at around £ 40 million.
Reportedly, the midfielder is also keen on a move to the Premier League, with a move to Liverpool being preferred.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to add Amrabat as he looks to improve his midfield options
Amrabat has been one of Qatar’s leading stars, and is keen on a possible move to Liverpool
The Merseyside side have always been in the market for a central midfielder, having joined Aurelien Tchoameni in the summer before he moved to Real Madrid.
They are widely said to be favorites to sign Bellingham – but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Naby Keita are all out of contract next summer, while Curtis Jones and Fabinho have struggled for fitness and form this year – meaning the Reds may need to sign more than one midfielder. .
However, if Liverpool make a move for Amrabat in January, they could potentially face competition from Tottenham.
The report states that Tottenham coach Antonio Conte was keen to sign Amrabat for several seasons.
In fact, Tottenham were reportedly interested in Amrabat in January this year, before deciding instead to sign Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur.
Liverpool have made transfers a “priority” along with the transfer of England star Jude Bellingham
An unnamed German club is also keen on Amrabat, while Atletico Madrid are also known to be fans of the 26-year-old.
Indeed, speaking to Spanish outlet Marca recently, Amrabat seemed smitten with a potential move alongside Diego Simeone. He said, “I am proud to be associated with major clubs like Barcelona and Atlético. But I am a Fiorentina player, I respect the club and I have a great relationship with the president.
“[Diego] Simeone? We have a good coach at Fiorentina too but… yeah, I love El Cholo [Simeone’s] pattern [of play]”.
Amrabat’s agent Mohamed Sinouh also claimed during the World Cup that there was a lot of interest in the midfielder after his sensational performances in Qatar.
Sinoh said: “Of course I receive a lot of phone calls from Sufyan. The whole world saw him as the best midfielder in the World Cup.
Atlético Madrid are also keen on Amrabat – with the midfielder a huge fan of Diego Simeone
“Soufiane is a great professional, focused on the World Cup with Morocco.”
His brother, Nordin – who played for Watford between 2016-18 and now plays for AEK Athens – has also increased interest in the midfielder recently, claiming that Europe’s top clubs are finally realizing how great he is.
“I am very proud of Soufiane,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
When you play well on such a stage – in three games against countries like Croatia, Belgium and Canada – you have a lot going for you.
“I think the big clubs in Europe that were asleep have now woken up. In January, Sofiane himself had already held talks with Tottenham Hotspur, but there was no agreement over a transfer fee with Fiorentina.
“I think the parties involved will line up now.”
Liverpool return to action with a Carabao Cup match against Manchester City on December 22, before facing Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Boxing Day.
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