By Jake Bacon
11th August 2019,
Manchester United have sealed the £9.3million transfer of highly-rated Monaco teenager Hannibal Mejbri, subject to FIFA clearance.
The 16-year-old’s future has been subject to widespread speculation this summer, with Leicester and Tottenham among those understood to be after the midfielder.
Mejbri’s father, Lofti, cited a breakdown in trust with Monaco led to his son’s departure.
“Something bad happened,” he told Le Parisien. “For our family, it was very hard to live. It’s a real shock, a trauma. Mistakes were made.
“From there, I consider that the relationship of trust between the club and our family is destroyed. Something broke. It’s hard to keep working with people when there’s such a lack of trust.”
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PA Media claim Monaco will receive half of the fee up front and the rest in potential add-ons.
Bjorn Hardley, previously with NAC Breda, is another player awaiting international clearance, but United have confirmed three other Under-18 players have received the required clearances.
Dillon Hoogewerf has arrived from Ajax and Mateo Mejia from Real Zaragoza, while goalkeeper Johan Guadagno has joined from IF Brommapojkarna.