February 29, 2024

Everton: Hannibal Mejbri made clear Manchester United exit choice before ‘special’ development – Fabrizio Romano

Everton arriving at the 11th hour in an attempt to sign Hannibal Mejbri made for a “special situation” because the Manchester United man had already made a “clear” choice to join Sevilla, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The transfer expert told GiveMeSport on 9 January that the 20-year-old had spoken to three clubs but rejected the opportunity to move to Freiburg or Lyon, before the Toffees then approached his agents and the Old Trafford side to provide a new option.

Romano claims it is a “possibility” that the Tunisian moves to Goodison Park on loan but the matter is still under discussion in the player’s camp.


Romano said: “It’s a possibility that Mejbri joins Everton. He’s discussing together with his agents to decide on the best option.

“It’s quite a special situation because, last week, between Friday and Saturday, after having discussions with Freiburg, Lyon and Sevilla, he decided to join Sevilla.

“So, the player was clear in his choice and prepared to make it happen based on the negotiation timing between Man Utd and Sevilla.

“For the player’s side, it was clear his choice was Sevilla. Then, after a couple of hours, Everton entered the race and approached Man Utd and the player’s agents.”

Late to the party

If Mejbri was available then it looks like the Toffees may have been caught on the hop and only just got hold of the situation before it was tied up in La Liga.

Since Sean Dyche’s squad will have to lose one of its current loanees, with the expectation that Arnaut Danjuma is set to leave rather than Jack Harrison, it may be that movement was required on that front first.

The Goodison boss will have to hope that his side’s last-gasp intervention didn’t come too late and he still has a chance to come out on top.


If Mejbri had made such a clear decision to head to Spain then there must at least be some interest in a detour to Merseyside or the original deal would have presumably gone through by now.

But it is necessarily difficult to renege if the youngster had given his agreement to Sevilla so it is sure to need a convincing push from Everton if they are to land him.

The longer the matter drags on the less time can be spent on signing an alternative if he decides to stick with his first choice, so while there is plenty of time left in the window at this stage it could start to get tight.

In other Everton news, according to Romano the prospective new owners of the club have their eye on an “excellent” signing to bring in.

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