All summer long, the 27-year-old Amrabat had been strongly linked to a dream move to Old Trafford. However, Erik Ten Hag opted to bolster other areas of his club before making a late move for the Moroccan international.
On the day of the deadline, a deal was ultimately reached after Amrabat had initially borrowed money from United. Fiorentina was willing to accept a buy-in clause in a contract with United, but instead the two clubs have decided on a purchase option.
The Amrabat contract was secretly extended by Fiorentina by one year if a permanent transfer did not take place, according to a recent report from the Italian outlet Il Tirreno, protecting the market worth of the player. Manchester United has already paid Fiorentina an £8.5 million loan fee, but if they want to retain Amrabat’s services permanently, they will need to fork over an additional £21.5 million. Already
Ten Hag, who was FC Utrecht’s head coach when the midfielder came through the junior system, is familiar with Amrabat. Amrabat played for the team for more than 50 times before being signed by Feyenoord.
Amrabat made it obvious that he was excited about the potential of collaborating with Ten Hag once more and that the chance to do so was a key component in his decision to finalize a move to Old Trafford in a statement released after his move was officially completed.
Because I was so young, Amrabat stated that it was crucial. He offered me the chance to play for Utrecht’s first team when I was 18 or 19 years old. We had a great experience, and the season was great. He taught me a lot, therefore he might be one of the most significant figures in my profession right now.
“I think Erik ten Hag is a coach who will always push to the limit, so it’s fantastic,” I said. He’s famished. He desires success.
He is a winner, which I admire. I believe I am a winner as well. It’s a good fit because I want to succeed every day.