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Tottenham Hotspur: Fabrizio Romano shares potential Sofyan Amrabat blow in N17

Tottenham Hotspur may have been handed a blow in their believed interest in Sofyan Amrabat amid this month’s transfer window.

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It has been reported for the best part of a year now that the north London has held an interest in the Fiorentina midfielder, Amrabat, with Fabio Paratici in contact with the Serie A side during the last January window.

Interest in the 26-year-old was carried into the summer window and has now reportedly extended into this month’s market with Antonio Conte’s men still believed to be showing an interest.

However, they are not the only club said to have Amrabat on their radar this month with one of their Premier League rivals, Liverpool, credited with an interest in the Moroccan.

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But after his exceptional display in the World Cup, Fabrizio Romano has suggested on the House of Champions YouTube channel that the midfielder’s price tag has more than doubled on the back of his showings in Qatar with Fiorentina wanting €40m (£35m):

“Fiorentina had a conversation with people close to the player and they were very clear, they want €40m for Amrabat.

“So after his World Cup, the value has basically more than doubled than before the World Cup because I think in the summer with €16m/€17m, Amrabat was available.”

Room for improvement

Spurs looked like they had made one of the signings of the summer when they had prised away Yves Bissouma from Brighton & Hove Albion in a deal believed to be worth around £35m.

However, the Mali midfielder has been hugely underwhelming since making the move to north London with Alasdair Gold recently awarding him 5/10 ratings for his displays against Brentford and Aston Villa.

With this in mind, it seems as if Conte could welcome another midfielder this month if someone of Amrabat’s quality was an option.

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Amrabat’s defensive showing in Qatar was nothing short of exceptional with possession won 19 times across his games against France and Spain.

But his impressive returns don’t end there with the Moroccan inside the top three percentile across midfielders for progressive passes (6.05) per 90 minutes (via Fbref).

Spurs have already, reportedly, cooled their interest in the right-wing-back Pedro Porro this month having found out the Spaniard’s £40m price tag.

With this in mind, it has to be imagined Romano’s update will come as a potential blow to Daniel Levy and Paratici this month if funds are not widely available to be spent.

As Spurs hope for positive news on the fitness of Rodrigo Bentancur, youngster Pape Matar Sarr shone at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night which may provide Conte with some hope surrounding his midfield options.

So considering Amrabat, who has been hailed as a “crazy player”, may now be out of reach for Spurs, it will be interesting to see if Conte puts more trust in some of his younger options like Sarr over the coming months.