Tottenham Hotspur are in talks with Fiorentina over a loan move for midfielder Sofyan Amrabat according to reports.
Spurs head coach Antonio Conte is desperate to bolster his midfield options, with Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alliall free to leave the club before Monday’s transfer deadline.
The Morocco international, 25, joined Fiorentina for £17million from Club Brugge after a successful loan spell at Hellas Verona.
However, he has fallen out of favour with the new coach playing just 215 minutes in Serie A so far.
The Athletic understands that Fiorentina are preparing for the 25-year-old to leave the club this month, having fallen down the pecking order under head coach Vincenzo Italiano.
It is thought that Tottenham’s managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, is considering a number of options as the transfer window draws to a close, but discussions over a deal for Amrabat are ongoing.
He is considered a possible option to add depth to Conte’s squad, with Harry Winks, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp currently the Italian’s only trusted midfielders.
Tottenham are considering options to replace Tanguy Ndombele if he joins PSG on loan. Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat is one of the players in the list. ⚪️ #THFC
Nothing decided or agreed yet. Many candidates, Spurs will decide this week.
(@FabrizioRomano) January 25,2022
The 25-year-old, who was born in the Netherlands, is currently representing Morocco at the African Cup of Nations, and is due to be involved in Tuesday night’s quarter-final against Malawi.
Would Amrabat prove to be a good move?
Conte wants to improve his squad with a new right wing-back – with confidence that a deal for Wolves’ Adama Traore will be completed this week – as well as midfielder and a forward this month.
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in Amrabat, Conte would have a player capable of advancing the play from the middle of the park. Indeed, of the 39 players to have attempted 150 or more dribbles since the start of the 2019/20 Serie A season, only Ismael Bennacer (79.6%) has a better dribble success rate than Amrabat (70.3%). (Whoscored)
On top of that, when he does need to spread the ball, Amrabat is an able performer at picking out a teammate from distance.
Of the 97 players to have attempted 300 or more long balls in the last three Serie A seasons, only Fabian Ruiz (81.2%) and Marcelo Brozovic (78.7%) have a better long ball accuracy than Amrabat (76.7%)
Considering Spurs have at times looked to play a counter-attacking game under Conte, the 2-2 home draw with Liverpool an example, Amrabat could prove an ideal instigator in the middle of the park.
He has a good range of passing and carries the ball well, two traits that have been found wanting in the Spurs midfield this season.
Conte might be just fine in the short term with some athletic guy who are limited but teachable, and who can quickly learn The Patterns.
He doesn’t really need players who are excellent at ball progression because the system creates the ball progressions and he just needs people who will do what he wants in the middle of the pitch. Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp seem to be in that mold as well. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg too. Maybe Amrabat is one as well.
We’ve already seen Conte take limited players and elevate them far beyond what we thought they’d be capable.
Currently a key player in this Morocco side at AFCON, Amrabat could well do similar with Spurs.
Yes, he is not the headline grabbing signing in the mould of Franck Kessie or Weston although it is considered unlikely that either player will move clubs mid-season- perhaps part of the reasoning behind Spurs’ move for Amrabat on loan. until the end of the season – but in the January window where teams can be reluctant to offload players, the Fiorentina unknown man could prove Spurs’ treasure in the second half of the season.