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Barcelona coaches agree on 26-year-old Serie A midfielder as pivot plan B

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FC Barcelona are in a precarious position. With Sergio Busquets leaving the club at the end of the month, the club are desperate to find a new defensive midfielder in the market.

They are looking to sign a younger option, who can prove to be a long-term replacement for the Spaniard. They have no shortage of candidates either, with the likes of Martin Zubimendi, Joshua Kimmich and Ruben Neves being linked with a move to Camp Nou this summer.

However, Barça have been met with a straight refusal from Bayern over the pursuit of Kimmich while Zubimendi is likely to cost a fortune.

With that in mind, Barcelona have decided they will go after Sofyan Amrabat if they fail to come up with a viable option in the transfer market. This has been reported by Javi Miguel, who suggests the Moroccan international is being identified as Plan B.

Barcelona were linked with a move for Amrabat during the January transfer window, but the move did not materialise as Fiorentina wanted a mandatory purchase clause in the loan deal. The Blaugrana were not in a position to do so because of La Liga’s strict Financial Fair Play regulations.

However, with Amrabat’s contract at Fiorentina expiring in 2024, Barça have once again targeted the defensive midfielder this summer. The 26-year-old might not be on the top of Barça’s wishlist, but he has a strong profile nonetheless.

Amrabat was a part of the Morocco side that reached the semifinal of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He has also helped Fiorentina reach the final of the UEFA Conference League this past season. With over 100 appearances in Serie A, the midfielder does not lack experience at the top level either.

It is, therefore, up to Barcelona whether or not they are prepared to splash the cash on Amrabat this summer. The negotiations with Fiorentina could prove to be crucial, knowing the club are not in a position to offer a fortune for the services of the Moroccan.

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