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Spurs: Fabio Paratici leading Sofyan Amrabat race

Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to sign Sofyan Amrabat in the January transfer window.

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That’s according to a report by Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), who claim that both Spurs and Liverpool are currently ‘in pole position’ to land the ACF Fiorentina central midfielder this winter, although it is also claimed that ‘there is also competition from LaLiga‘ for the 26-year-old’s signature in January.

The report goes on to state that the Morocco international himself would be open to a move away from the Serie A side due to his desire to play Champions League football, however, La Viola are said to be unwilling to part with the midfielder for anything less than an offer of €45m (£40m) in the winter transfer market.

Amrabat is “perfect” for Conte

With Amrabat proving beyond doubt during Morocco’s run to the semi-final of the 2022 World Cup that he is an incredibly hard-working player who can drive his team forward with lung-busting runs from the heart of midfield, it is easy to understand why Antonio Conte would be interested in a deal to bring the 26-year-old to north London this winter.

Indeed, over his seven appearances in Qatar, the £22m-rated talent was in astonishing form for the Atlas Lions, making an average of 2.3 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.4 clearances and winning 3.4 duels – at a success rate of 48% – per game, as well as playing an average of 1.9 long balls and completing 38.3 total passes – at a success rate of 85% – per match.

These returns saw the £33k-per-week midfielder average an extremely impressive Sofascore match rating of 6.83, playing a key role in Morocco defeating both Spain and Portugal in the knockout stages of the tournament, with talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham going as far as to state that Amrabat was his “player of the tournament“.

Furthermore, Pete O’Rourke clearly believes that the Fiorentina star would make a perfect addition to Conte’s current options in the middle of the park at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the journalist stating his belief in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT:

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On paper, he looks like he’s the ideal midfielder for Antonio Conte. A great defensive midfielder, great energy to get around the pitch, likes making tackles and he’s also good on the ball as well – a good passer. I think for someone like Conte, his work rate is perfect for the type of football that he likes to play.”

And, considering the form that Amrabat displayed at the World Cup, it would be extremely difficult to argue with O’Rourke’s assessment of the midfielder’s suitability to Spurs, as the 26-year-old “monster” – in the words of Italian journalist Carlo Garganese – would indeed appear to be something of a perfect fit for Conte’s tactical setup in north London.