Man Utd star ‘left in the background’ waiting on Ten Hag transfer ‘decision’ after ‘negative response’

Man Utd midfielder Hannibal Mejbri Credit: Alamy
Man Utd midfielder Hannibal Mejbri Credit: Alamy

Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri is waiting to see if Erik ten Hag will allow him to move to Besiktas before the Turkish transfer deadline, according to reports.

The Red Devils brought Hannibal into the their setup in 2021 when he completed a €5m transfer from Monaco, which could rise to €10m depending on add-ons.

Hannibal has made just three appearances for the Man Utd first team with all his appearances coming in the Premier League.

The 20-year-old spent a successful loan spell at Birmingham City last term with one goal and five assists in 38 appearances for the Blues.

There were rumours in the summer transfer market that Hannibal was close to joining Premier League side Luton Town on loan with one Tunisian journalist insisting the move was ‘one step away’.

But that transfer never materliased and now the midfielder is left wondering whether he will be allowed out before the deadline in Turkey or face a year as a bit-part player under Erik ten Hag.

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And now Turkish publication Fanatik claim that Super Lig side Besiktas have ‘made attempts’ to sign Hannibal with the club ‘initially proposing a lease with a purchase option’ to Man Utd during ‘contacts’.

But that offer was met with a ‘negative response’ from the Premier League outfit and ‘updated this offer to a free lease’ without any option or obligation to buy.

The report adds that Man Utd were ‘not very keen on this proposal’ with Red Devils boss Ten Hag still ‘undecided about the Tunisian star leaving Old Trafford this summer’.

Hannibal has been ‘left in the background following the transfers of Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat’ and Besiktas are now ‘waiting for the decision of the Dutch coach’.

Ten Hag has other pressing matters to deal with too after falling out with Jadon Sancho following his comments that the Man Utd winger had been poor in training.

But former Red Devils striker Louis Saha is backing them to rebuild their relationship at the club as they are both “smart” individuals.

Saha told Betfred: “Erik ten Hag has a strategy, a philosophy, his own set of rules and Jadon should respect that. I do believe Erik ten Hag should have kept his thoughts regarding Jadon’s training performances private, but the two of them can still mend their relationship as neither of them are egotistical.

“They’re both smart and they need to both think about the future of Manchester United, which is the most important thing. I believe a compromise is possible.”

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