Sofyan Amrabat’s loan request from Manchester United indicates a recurring problem with the transfer market.

Man Utd has been keeping an eye on Sofyan Amrabat throughout the whole transfer window, but was compelled to submit a loan proposal two days before it closed.

If Dean Henderson leaves Manchester United and Altay Bayindir joins for £4.3 million at the end of this transfer window, the numbers that tell the tale of the summer’s finances will sound very familiar.

The final count appears to be quite close to the amount United claimed Financial Fair Play restrictions had prevented them from spending more than about £120 million in net expenditures from the moment the window started. With the sales of Matej Kovar, Alex Telles, Fred, and Antony Elanga, close to £40 million was recovered from the contracts of Andre Onana, Mason Mount, and Rasmus Hojlund, who have been signed so far for £180 million.

The final net spend total will be in line with what United believed they needed to spend in order to stay within FFP limitations if they are able to recover an additional £20 million for Henderson and the smaller sums associated with the sale of academy graduates. However, it has prevented them from fulfilling Erik ten Hag’s summertime objectives.

It was made apparent that Ten Hag was open to buying a second midfielder as early as the first week of July, before the arrival of Mount had been officially confirmed, but that any transfer would depend on sales and generating finances.

Since June, Sofyan Amrabat has been frequently connected with United in Italy. While club insiders downplayed the veracity of some of the allegations, the 27-year-old remained a player under consideration throughout summer. He is a player the manager is familiar with because he participated in 50 games for Ten Hag at Utrecht.

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