LIVERPOOL have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Sofyan Amrabat after he was spotted watching Barcelona at the Nou Camp, according to reports.
The Moroccan midfielder was one of the standout performers at the World Cup, helping fire his nation all the way to the semi-finals in Qatar.
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His inspired displays have led to several top clubs entering a battle to sign the Fiorentina star.
But it appears Barcelona could be leading the race as the 26-year-old was seen watching the team from the stands as they beat Getafe 1-0 on Sunday night, claim outlet Relevo.
Amrabat supposedly tried to keep his identity under wraps by wearing a cap, but he was still spotted.
The player did not attend any meetings with club chiefs, yet they do have a good relationship with Amrabat’s representatives.
It could take a bid of £35million to sign him.
And Barca supposedly want a midfielder as they look to identify a replacement for veteran Sergio Busquets.
The Catalan giants are also keeping tabs on Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi in case they cannot seal the deal for the La Viola ace.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are also keen on Amrabat, who previously expressed his desire to work with Diego Simeone.
Liverpool have shown an interest in the player too, with manager Jurgen Klopp desperate to freshen up his midfield options after a disappointing campaign so far.
The Reds have been linked with England and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham but face fierce competition from Manchester City, Real Madrid and Manchester United.