Manchester United have reportedly submitted a €4million (£3.5m) package to land Monaco teenager Hannibal Mejbri after suffering a blow in their hopes of landing him for free.
The Red Devils had previously been reported to have made a ‘big offer’ to the player under the assumption that he would be released from his contract with the Ligue 1 side, with his family arguing that the deal had not been ratified properly as he was under 15 when he signed it.
However, it has been reported by RMC Sport that the lawsuit was rejected by the LFP’s legal committee because they cannot penalise a club twice for the same offence, with Monaco already sanctioned over a different player back in February.
With that being the case, Mejbri will not be released from his contract and will not be available to join other clubs on a free transfer this summer, with potential suitors instead needing to negotiate with Monaco.
And according to Le Parisien, that is exactly what United have done, proposing a £3.5m package to try and land the highly-rated 16-year-old ahead of a growing number of clubs keen on his signature.
Mejbri, who played for Paris FC and AC Boulogne-Billancourt at youth level, is considered regarded as one of the top young talents in French football and is currently contracted until 2021.
Although it is thought that Mejbri would welcome a move to Old Trafford, any deal is likely to be delayed if his family decide to challenge the decision of the LFP and extract him from his current contract with Monaco.