Fiorentina Ace Quickly Reinstated After Barcelona Links

Sofyan Amrabat was initially excluded from the squad list for the Coppa Italia game versus Torino, but he was later added after apologizing to the teammates and the coach. The midfielder had asked to join Barcelona on deadline day, SportMediaset relays.

The Blaugrana offered a season-long loan with a €35M option to buy and €5M add-ons. The Moroccan staple openly indicated that he was keen on the move with an Instagram post, but the Viola didn’t budge.

Coach Vincenzo Italiano spoke about Amrabat after defeating Torino (via Tuttomercatoweb).

“It was the only last-minute affair we had to deal with. He was held out of practice, but when the window closes, we put a bow on everything and start anew. He behaved in a professional manner and apologized. The transfer market in a sporting tragedy. It’s better when it ends, so we can focus on the competitions.”

Amrabat was welcomed with scattered boos and whistles by the home crowd when he subbed Wednesday. President Rocco Commisso weighed in on the subject in his post-game remarks (via Calciomercato).

“The case subsided and, unfortunately, he got hurt. Things went as we expected and nobody left.”

The midfielder might have suffered a nose fracture.

Our Take on Amrabat

It’s baffling how often teams resort to trying to pull off deadline-day moves that could have gone through if they set them up in advance. The Fiorentina brass is loud and often complains, but they have rarely kept hold of players that wanted out if the price was right.

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