A recent report from Diario AS has offered a detailed update on Barcelona’s hunt for a new midfielder.
It suggests how Xavi Hernandez is still favouring a move for Martin Zubimendi as the ideal replacement for the departing Sergio Busquets. But the club have practically ruled out the operation due to Real Sociedad’s lofty €60 million demands.
That has led the board to consider a move for Sofyan Amrabat as a potential alternative. The report from Diario AS makes similar claims that has already been well-documented in the media lately.
However, the report does suggest that Sofyan Amrabat could be available for as low as €5-6 million. This could raise a few eyebrows considering the fact that the Moroccan international was earlier valued at around €25 million.
Although Xavi Hernandez does not consider Amrabat as good as Zubimendi when it comes to replacing Busquets, the player’s relatively low valuation makes him quite an accessible option for Barça.
Amrabat was linked with a move to Camp Nou in January, but the move did not materialise as Fiorentina were holding out for a mandatory purchase option. He was also valued at around €40 million at the time.
But with Amrabat’s contract at Fiorentina expiring in 2024, the Serie A outfit will be forced to offload the player on a cut-price deal this summer, thus giving an opportunity for Barcelona to snap up his services.
Apart from Amrabat or even Ruben Neves, Barcelona are expected to make a move for another midfielder this summer. Ilkay Gundogan appears the most likely option, though the Manchester City superstar has yet to make a definitive decision on his future.
The German international is focusing on the remaining parts of the season, with Man City in contention to secure a treble for the first time under Pep Guardiola.