Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat this winter after the Moroccan helped his country to the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar.
Amrabat has also been in exceptional form for his club this season, with The Reds one of many clubs eager to add him to their squad.
According to La Republic, Liverpool will be matched by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur for Amrabat, with the former’s financial capabilities potentially all too tempting for the 26-year-old.
La Viola is thought to have put a £40 million price tag on the head of Amrabat, whose contract expires in the summer of 2024 with the option of a one-year extension.
Journalist Pete O’Rourke has expressed his views on a move to Amrabat, comparing him to former Liverpool and Barcelona legend Javier Mascherano.
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In an interview with GMS he said: “He has similarities to Mascherano, evident in his energy and tenacity in midfield.
“He likes to pull off a tackle and engage with things, so it reminds you of Mascherano in that regard.”
A tough attacking midfielder turned defender in his final years, Mascherano entered English football alongside Carlos Tevez at West Ham United before joining Liverpool in the summer of 2007.
He would help Liverpool to 2nd place in 2009 before leaving for Barcelona a year later for a £22 million fee where he would go on to win almost every trophy possible.
To be compared to such a top player will only increase the intrigue of the Reds fans for Amrabat, who made 79 appearances for Fiorentina in all competitions.
At Anfield, three midfield contracts are likely to leave at the end of the season: James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, so the addition of midfielders will be required soon.