Fiorentina hits out at Xavi over Amrabat


Fiorentina are furious with Barcelona manager Xavi for ‘repeatedly calling’ Sofyan Amrabat on the deadline day to try and push a deal over the line, according to reports.

Barcelona approached Fiorentina to try and sign Amrabat on loan with the option to buy. However, Fiorentina declined the Catalan’s offer for the 26-year-old, who was one of the stars of last year’s World Cup.

But, Xavi and the Barcelona board members continued to pursue Amrabat against Fiorentina’s will and called him multiple times, according to Il Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia.

Fiorentina’s board of directors were said to be furious with Barcelona’s behaviour as they felt the LaLiga giants had acted in an ‘unprofessional’ mannor.

Xavi was desperate to sign Amrabat as he wanted to secure another midfield option to cover veteran Sergio Busquets, who’s currently in his last season at the club.

However, Amrabat appeared to be in favour of a move to Barcelona. He missed training on Tuesday and posted an Instagram story to try and push a deal through.

As a result, Amrabat has been excluded from Fiorentina’s match-day squad for today’s Coppa Italia clash with Torino.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are struggling to register several members of their squad to the Finanical Fair Play regulations.

LaLiga rejected the registration of Marcos Alonso’s new contract at Barcelona as it will take the Catalans over their salary cap – according to reports.

Alonso signed a new contract at Barcelona on Friday afternoon, committing himself to the LaLiga giants until the end of the 2023-2024 campaign.

However, reports are stating that LaLiga are holding off on registering the 32-year-old’s new deal due to the Financial Fair Play regulation.

LaLiga have also rejected Barcelona’s attempt to register Gavi as a member of Xavi’s first-team squad.

Barcelona filed the documentation for the 18-year-old, who is currently listed as an academy player, after he signed a new contract in September.

Barcelona thought it would be an easy process following the departures of Memphis Depay and Gerard Pique. However, their request was denied.

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