Olympique Marseille ‘interested’ in Manchester United loanee Hannibal Mejbri
Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Marseille are ‘interested’ in Manchester United star Hannibal Mejbri, who is currently out on loan at Birmingham City, according to The Sun (h/t Manchester Evening News).
The 19-year-old has thrived in the Championship. Now, the French side have him on their transfer wish list. The Red Devils’ decision to send the midfielder out on a temporary move has caught a lot of clubs’ attention, including Les Phoceens.
Marseille believe they have a chance to get the youngster on a permanent deal from the Old Trafford side. It remains to be seen whether Igor Tudor’s team will get him.
Mejbri joined United in the summer of 2019 from AS Monaco. He has since played a lot for the club’s youth sides. However, first-team action has been hard to come by.
The Tunisia international made his debut for the Red Devils in the final Premier League fixture of the 2020/21 campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers. In the 2-1 victory, the midfielder came on as a substitute to play around the final 10 minutes of the game.
Last season, Ralf Rangnick also gave the 19-year-old a couple of opportunities. During his appearances, the midfielder brought aggressiveness and tenacity to our side, which pleased a few fans.
However, now, Mejbri is enjoying regular game time at the St Andrew’s side. In the current campaign, the youngster has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham, providing three assists.
Currently, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes have cemented their place in United’s engine room. However, on the bench, the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek have failed to perform consistently.
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It was wise to let Mejbri leave on loan in the summer of 2022. However, if we part ways with any of the midfielders who have spent most of their time on the bench, having someone like the 19-year-old involved more in the first-team dynamics seems like a wise option.