Manchester United see Hannibal Mejbri as a potential Paul Pogba replacement.
Pogba’s current contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he will be free to speak to other European clubs and sign a pre-contract during the winter transfer window. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be interested in his services.
There were speculations this summer that the Frenchman was looking for options elsewhere. But the midfielder ultimately stayed and recent reports suggest he is more likely to extend his stay at Old Trafford beyond this season.
However, the Red Devils are already in the works to develop the next Paul Pogba regardless of how his future turns out. According to The Athletic, Hannibal is viewed as a potential replacement for the France international.
The Tunisian is tipped to have a bright future and is generally boasted as one of the biggest talents to come through the academy in recent years.
Although he is an attacking midfielder, under-23 side coach Neil Wood has been deploying him in a deeper role. The objective here is simple – develop the teenager into the mold of the former Juventus man.
Moreover, Hannibal’s physicality is also being improved in order to prepare him for the harsh battles of the Premier League.
The playmaker does have the tools necessary to play a deeper role, but it remains to be seen where United’s project leads him to. At least fans can rest easy knowing that the club is already working on contingency plans in anticipation of players departing.
The 18-year-old is not quite ready for the first team yet, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is very likely to keep an eye on him and experiment with his line-ups.