Manchester United’s search for Fiorentina and Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat has been fueled by the news that Tottenham Hotspur star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is about to join Atlético Madrid.
The Danish international has reached a personal agreement with Diego Simeone’s team and has moved closer to a transfer to the Spanish capital, according to The Times.
Hojbjerg did not start in Tottenham’s pre-season friendly against West Ham, and new boss Ange Postecoglou favored a double pivot from Oliver Skipp and Yves Bissouma, with James Maddison a little further up front.
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Giovani Lo Celso also impressed, while the forgotten Tanguy Ndombele has returned from his loan spell at Napoli and seems to have earned Postecoglou’s trust. As a result, Hojbjerg is set to leave Spurs after three years at the club, and his move to Atleti will indirectly help Erik ten Hag’s Man Utd.
The Red Devils have completed the moves of Mason Mount and Andre Onana, but their activity on the transfer market this summer is far from over. They are still looking for Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund, and Amrabat remains his priority in midfield.
In early July, FootballTransfers exclusively reported that Ten Hag had identified Amrabat as his main target for Man Utd’s midfield ahead of the new season and that he will act to sign the player from Fiorentina once the deal for Hojlund is finalized and Fred is transferred.
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Why Hojbjerg to Atlético helps Man Utd
Previously, Atlético Madrid were also interested in signing Amrabat and appeared to be one of Man Utd’s main competitors for his signing. In fact, reports from Morocco even suggested that Amrabat had struck a personal deal with Simeone’s side and was close to a move to Wanda Metropolitano.
However, it appears that the Spanish giants have turned their attention to signing Hojbjerg, giving Man Utd a free run to sign Amrabat.
Barcelona previously wanted the star from Fiorentina, but they have signed both Ilkay Gundogan (free) and Oriol Romeu (€5m) in this window and are therefore unlikely to push to add another central midfielder.
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