Sofyan Amrabat has explained why, despite Liverpool’s rumoured interest, he joined Manchester United on loan during the summer transfer window.
The Merseysiders are thought to have been quite close to signing the 27-year-old, who was personally contacted by Jurgen Klopp (Daily Mail), but he eventually ended up at Old Trafford after temporarily departing Fiorentina.
The Moroccan midfielder stated to The Independent: “After the last game with the club, it was the Conference League final with West Ham, and from that moment, the window started for me.” A lot of teams, a lot of talking, but it was clear to me that I wanted Manchester United.
“It was a long, long month for me, a difficult month for me, but in the end it’s all worth it.”
Amrabat’s account of events appears to diverge slightly from earlier reports that, due to delays among his representatives, Liverpool opted out of a proposed deal in order to prioritise a move for Ryan Gravenberch.Whatever the reality is, it appears that the £65,000-per-week midfielder (Capology) had his heart set on United from the start, in which case Klopp’s approach was never going to work given the fierce rivalry between the two northwest clubs.
In any case, considering our hunt for the Dutchman, who is six years younger than the Moroccan and has already played for two large teams in Ajax and Bayern Munich before coming to Merseyside, it doesn’t appear that the Reds missed out significantly.
Also, Liverpool have had a better start to the season than Manchester United, so the Anfield administration may be content with the business they did during the summer rather than lying awake at night mourning those that slipped away.