Who is this latest £9m star to have agreed on a deal to join Man Utd? – Here is everything you need to know

Who is Manchester United’s latest signing Hannibal Mejbri?

According to Manchester United’s official website, the Red Devils have agreed on a deal for AS Monaco youngster Hannibal Mejbri.

The move, which is believed to have cost United in the region of £9m, is yet to receive the seal of approval from FIFA, however.

A report from Daily Express further states that top English clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and even Tottenham Hotspur were vying for the 16-year-old’s signature.

For a club like Manchester United to pay £9m for a 16-year-old is no joke. But what is it that makes Mejbri so special?

Who is Hannibal Mejbri?

Born in 2003, Mejbri embarked on his footballing journey with the youth teams of Paris FC and AC Boulogne-Billancourt. He had joined AS Monaco in August 2018 after garnering widespread attention for his prolific displays.

Interestingly enough, Mejbri’s father is a former footballer and played in Tunisia. Hence, it is clear as to where the youngster gets his talent.

As far as his international career is concerned, he can represent either France or Tunisia as he possesses dual citizenship. That said, Mejbri has only featured for France at the U16 level so far.

What is his playing style like?

An attacking midfielder by trade, Mejbri is fast emerging as one of the most promising youngsters in world football and with good reasons.

Easily distinguishable by his mop of curly hair, Mejbri’s dribbling skills are what truly makes him stand apart. The way he controls the ball and uses his frame to weave his way past opponents is remarkable for someone who is just 16.

He usually plays in an advanced midfield role and is adept at orchestrating attacks and creating scoring opportunities with the utmost ease. Armed with fluidity and confidence, Mejbri’s talent is very apparent.

What does the future hold?

Signing for a club like Manchester United is undoubtedly a massive achievement but this is just the beginning of a long road for the teenager. It goes without saying that he will receive the best of training and facilities with the Red Devils.

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With a manager like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the wheel, Mejbri should grasp every single opportunity with both hands. If he continues developing at this rapid pace, it won’t be long before he steps out and represents the senior team.

Written by Meghna Sengupta

Editor @ Soccersouls. Lives in Chennai, and a Manchester United fan.
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