Barcelona failed in their attempts to sign Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina in January, but the midfielder is still very interested in moving to Catalunya.
Amrabat was one of the 2022 World Cup’s best midfielders, prompting interest from a number of European giants, including Barca. They made a late approach in the winter window, but could only propose a loan move due to their financial situation. Fiorentina rejected their offer.
However, with the 26-year-old’s contract in Florence set to expire in 2024, the Serie A outfit are expected to be more open to letting their star player leave this summer instead of risking losing him for nothing a year later.
According to Alex Pintanel (via Reshad Rahman), the Morocco international is still ‘crazy to join’ Barcelona and will reportedly do anything possible to engineer a move to Camp Nou.
World Cup star ‘crazy to join’ Barcelona in the summer transfer window
Earlier on Wednesday, it was claimed that Sergio Busquets has decided to part ways with his boyhood club after 15 trophy-laden seasons.
Xavi remains keen on keeping his former teammate in his midfield for at least another season, with a new contract from the Blaugrana on the table for the veteran midfielder. But Busquets is exploring a fresh challenge.
If the La Liga leaders fail to change the Spaniard’s mind, they will have to jump into the transfer market for a new midfielder to shield their backline. Franck Kessié and Frenkie de Jong have played as the deepest midfielder but they are not defensively good enough to be seen as a realistic replacement for Busquets.
The hierarchy at Camp Noushould certainly consider returning to Italy for Amrabat, who showed his qualities on the biggest stage in Qatar last year. The fact he’s so keen to join the club will also improve their chances despite seemingly never-ending financial woes.
İlkay Gündoğan of Manchester City could be another interesting option for Barcelona. He assisted his side’s only goal against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.