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Barcelona maintain contact with €30 million midfielder, player remains keen on move



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Sofyan Amrabat was one of the early targets for Barcelona this summer, in their bid to replace Sergio Busquets. The club had been monitoring the midfielder for a long time now and wanted him to join ahead of the new season.

But the club had to rule out the signing due to Fiorentina’s hefty demands. The Italian outfit want €30 million for the midfielder, even though his contract at the club expires at the end of next season.

However, as per reports in Italy as relayed by SPORT, there might be a few twists and turns, as far as the future of Amrabat is concerned. The news publication points out that Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany has maintained contact with the player’s entourage.

Barcelona have opted to go for Oriol Romeu in recent times. But the club continue to rate Amrabat highly and might make a move for the Moroccan international if his value comes down in the latter stages of the transfer window.

In the meantime, Amrabat himself is keen on leaving Fiorentina. He wants to move to clubs such as Bayern Munich, Manchester United and above all, Barcelona. The player continues to put pressure on Fiorentina to sell him ahead of the new season.

Amrabat’s entourage believes Fiorentina’s demand could come down as we progress through the summer transfer window. Knowing the player has just one year left on his contract, the Italian club could be forced to settle for a cut-price fee.

Barcelona could be given a major boost in Amrabat pursuit if they can successfully offload Franck Kessie this summer. But the club are yet to reach an agreement with interested parties over the sale of the Ivorian. So it will be interesting to see how things transpire in the coming weeks.

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