Tottenham muscle back into contention for £25m midfield enforcer whom Conte would love to beat Liverpool to

Sofyan Amrabat Morocco 2022 TEAMtalk1 Credit: Alamy
Sofyan Amrabat Morocco 2022 TEAMtalk1 Credit: Alamy

Tottenham Hotspur still have a good chance of beating Liverpool to the signature of Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, according to a report.

Amrabat has been making a name for himself at the World Cup with Morocco, who have reached the quarter-finals. His form has caught the eye after his work with Fiorentina at club level had already put him on the radar of a few Premier League clubs.

Tottenham were keeping a close eye on Amrabat back in January, but failed to get a deal done. Instead, he saw out the season with Fiorentina and entered a third campaign with them over the summer.

Since then, there has been a revival of the links between Amrabat and Tottenham. However, in recent days, Spurs seem to have been overtaken in the race for his signature.

Indeed, there have been plenty of reports about an interest from Liverpool in the 26-year-old. After all, Jurgen Klopp’s side have a greater and more urgent need for midfield reinforcements.

In 2023 alone, they could say goodbye to Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Arthur Melo. Hence, reinforcements are on the agenda at Anfield.

However, Tottenham are not out of contention just yet. Indeed, they could be a serious force to be reckoned with when it comes to the battle for Amrabat’s services.

According to a report from La Repubblica, Tottenham are preparing a new attempt to sign Amrabat.

Fiorentina have set an asking price between €25million (£21.6million) and €30million (£25.9million) for the time being. However, they hope Amrabat can keep enjoying his World Cup adventure so that his market value can rise further.

He has come a long way since his early days with Fiorentina, who at one point had concerns they would make a loss on their original €20million investment.

Summer signing of Amrabat takes shape

Now, Amrabat is playing well enough for them to make a profit. However, they do not want to let go of him in January because of his importance to their ambitions for the season.

Fiorentina are currently 10th in Serie A, eight points away from the European places. Yet they do have Europa Conference League knockout-stage involvement on offer in the new year; a play-off against Braga awaits in February.

To ensure their status in Europe for next season, it will be important to keep relying on Amrabat for the duration of the present one. But in the summer – by which time he will only have a year left on his contract, unless La Viola activate a 12-month extension option – they could cash in.

Tottenham will have some work to do before then to get themselves in as strong a position as possible to compete for Amrabat’s signature.

They are currently fourth in the Premier League table, two places above Amrabat’s other suitors, Liverpool. Staying where they are would ensure a continuation of Champions League involvement.

It could be a factor that appeals to Amrabat, who last played in UEFA’s top tournament in 2018 with Club Brugge.

Since then, he has progressed in Italy with Hellas Verona and Fiorentina. Perhaps his next step will be to join a Premier League club, but will it be Tottenham or Liverpool?

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