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Sofyan Amrabat turned down Man Utd approach in January and offered to play for Barcelona for free | Football

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Sofyan Amrabat was a man in demand in the January transfer window (Picture: Getty Images)

Both Manchester United and Chelsea made offers for Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Ambrabat in January, but he was only interested in a switch to Barcelona, who he offered to play for free of charge.

The 26-year-old was one of the standout performers at the World Cup in Qatar as Morocco made a shock run to the semi-finals of the competition.

Amrabat was swiftly linked with a move away from Fiorentina and was offered plenty of opportunity in January as big clubs came calling.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo report that offers came in from both Manchester United and Chelsea, with the Red Devils fancying their chances as the player has a link with manager Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman was Amrabat’s boss at Utrecht as both men made their way early in their careers and Ten Hag was keen to reunite with the Moroccan in the Premier League.

However, if the midfielder was to leave Fiorentina he only had Barcelona in mind, who had also made a loan bid for his services.

The report from Spain states that Barca offered ‘almost €6m (£5.3m)’ as a loan fee, but Fiorentina turned it down.

Amrabat even offered to play for the Catalan giants effectively for free as he would give the salary he received at Barcelona to Fiorentina.

However, an agreement wasn’t reached and he will remain with the Serie A side for the rest of the season.

Interested parties may well return in the summer and with Amrabat’s contract expiring in 2024, Fiorentina will be tempted to cash in on him while they can.

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