Fiorentina moved to confirm their stance on Sofyan Amrabat after links with Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp reportedly talked with the player.
In fact, French source Foot Mercato understood that Jurgen Klopp had held discussions with Amrabat. Any deal would cost around £44m but Liverpool are supposedly eager to sign the player this month.
It seems, however, that they’ll have to wait. Fiorentina CEO, Joe Barone, told Dazn that the player is not for sale – it’s as cut and dry as that.
“I can now confirm that Sofyan Amrabat and Nico Gonzalez are not for sale,” said Barone.
This comes after reports that Amrabat had told Fiorentina of his desire to move to Atletico Madrid. That again came from Foot Mercato, though it was unclear whether the Spaniards could make that happen.
Sofyan Amrabat and Liverpool
Well, if that latter report is accurate, Fiorentina’s stance is actually good news for Liverpool as it means the Moroccan will still be available in the summer. Perhaps they can get a deal done then.
It sounds very unlikely that anything happens in January, after all. We’d actually love for Amrabat to move to Anfield as he’s exactly the kind of player the Reds need right now.
Amrabat wins tackles and plays with energy – the two things sorely missing in the middle of Liverpool’s side. He’s got the confidence of a great World Cup behind him, too, making that £44m a potential bargain. As much as £44m can be a bargain.
Maybe Fiorentina’s stance is a negotiation tactic but it certainly confirms that Amrabat won’t move without a fight. Maybe that’s a fight the Reds can win with money. But it sounds as though Liverpool either need to give up on this one or wait it out.