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Manchester United close to signing teenage prospect Hannibal Mejbri

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According to RMC Sport’s Loic Tanzi, Manchester United have agreed a €10m (£9.1m) deal to sign AS Monaco prospect Hannibal Mejbri.

What’s the word?

The 16-year-old had previously been linked with United but saw a move seemingly fail to materialise after the club were unable to sign him as a free agent. It was claimed that the relevant authorities had rejected Mejbri’s attempts to have his contract with Monaco terminated, but it now appears the Red Devils could still be getting their man.

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The report claims that following the agreement between the two sides, Mejbri’s agent and lawyer are expected to make their way to Manchester so that the final touches can be made to the deal.

Out of sight, but still in mind

United’s struggles both domestically and in Europe have been well documented, and last season was no different. The Red Devils finished sixth and fell short of securing Champions League football for the upcoming campaign; something that most clubs would have been severely hurt by.

But not United. The Manchester side’s name carries a certain weight to it that most clubs can only dream of, and so despite failing to win the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from the club earlier this decade, the club still remain an attractive proposition for players.

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Indeed, French publication L’Equipe further claim that the likes of Bayern Munich and Arsenal were interested in securing Mejbri’s signature, but that United have seemingly won the race. Whilst the club are still in somewhat of a transition period on the pitch, they remain a heavyweight presence off it.

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