Despite the fact that Manchester United is in the midst of a spectacular run at the World Cup, the club might prepare months in advance and recruit Fred’s replacement in January.
It’s possible that Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will respond to the impending departure of Fred in the summer by adding another Casemiro to his roster of midfielders. United may be tempted to make a move in order to clinch a bargain deal for one of the World Cup’s most stunning players in 2023, who is being extensively linked with a move to the Premier League.
In November, it was reported that Ten Hag intended to get rid of Fred at the end of the season and not activate the option to extend his contract until 2024. This decision was made public after the news broke.
Because of this decision, the Dutchman is likely going to look for another midfielder during the forthcoming transfer windows in the winter and summer.
He had already made a significant step in transforming United’s midfield by snatching Christian Eriksen away for nothing, and then he went out and spent £70 million to acquire Casemiro, who is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world.
And he might further bolster his options by acquiring a top player who is not quite as good of a deal as Eriksen but is still worth more than fifty percent of Casemiro’s salary.
At the 2022 World Cup, which is now being held in Qatar, Sofyan Amrabat has been the star performer for Morocco, helping the African team advance to the quarterfinals.
Since the beginning of the tournament, there has been a stratospheric rise in the stock of the 26-year-old player, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the forefront of ties to the player.
Since joining Fiorentina in a £17 million transfer from Hellas Verona in the year 2020, Amrabat has played in 78 games for the club.
But despite the fact that there were more eyes on him than ever before on the biggest footballing platform in Qatar, he did not shy away from the spotlight when it was necessary for his country for him to step up.
After playing for the Netherlands U15 team, both Ruud Gullit and Dick Advocaat attempted to convince him to play for the Netherlands senior team instead of retiring from international competition.
However, the defensive midfielder who was born in Huizen made the decision to play for Morocco instead. Since then, he has amassed a total of 42 caps for Morocco, although his most recent four appearances have been among his most significant.
Amrabat has been a standout for Morocco, which finished ahead of Croatia and Belgium in Group F, including a victory against Belgium by a score of 2-0, and then advanced to the round of 16 by eliminating Spain on penalties.
The defensive tenacity of the Fiorentina ace was a contributing factor in the national team’s campaign, which resulted in only one goal being allowed (an unfortunate own goal scored during the victory over Canada).
It is believed that he is prepared to leave Italy and pursue a new challenge in the upcoming month of January. The Serie A team is expected to demand at least £26 million for his services.
And United might be proactive and start looking for Fred’s replacement several months in advance, which would enhance their chances of finishing in the top four.
Casemiro has played in a more free role for United than he did when he was part of Real Madrid’s powerful midfield trio with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. This is in contrast to when he played for Real Madrid.
The addition of Amrabat as a defensive destroyer would make it easier for Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes, both of whom are considered to be among the best players in Brazil, to fully express themselves.