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Sevilla have no intention of triggering buy clause in Hannibal Mejbri’s loan deal

Sevilla have no intention to sign Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri on a permanent deal at the end of the season, according to Estadio Deportivo.

Mejbri joined the La Liga outfit on loan during the winter transfer window. As part of the move, the La Liga outfit will have the option to sign him for €18 million.

The midfielder was anticipated to be a key player for the Spanish side, but that has not happened. The 21-year-old has played just 38 minutes in two appearances for the club.

As per Estadio Deportivo, Mejbri’s commitment and attitude are a concern for Sevilla more than his footballing ability, and manager Quique Sanchez Flores is unimpressed.

Barring a major U-turn, the Tunisian ace looks set to return to Old Trafford after his loan stint.

Mejbri’s return could hamper United’s summer transfer plans

United need to recoup funds from player sales this summer. Mejbri is one of the academy graduates that has been predicted to leave to ease the club’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) issues.

Sevilla’s decision to not sign him would be bad news for United. The Red Devils need to balance their books by June 30. Mejbri’s sale would represent pure profit when it comes to FFP.

His return would mean that the club would need to find fresh suitors. Everton were also keen on signing Mejbri last month, but there is no guarantee that the Toffees will return for him.

If they do, the Merseyside outfit may look to take advantage of United’s situation by negotiating a lesser fee. Mejbri could reject them again if they are relegated from the Premier League.

Hence, the Red Devils face a complicated situation over Mejbri. The new management led by Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be hoping that the midfielder can somehow turnaround his fortunes at Sevilla.

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