Manchester United reportedly changed their terms before allowing Hannibal Mejbri to join Sevilla at the request of Ineos.
On Sunday, Ineos chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe arrived at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur. The British billionaire agreed a £1.03 billion deal to take a minority stake in United last month. As part of the deal, Ratcliffe will oversee football operations.
However, he and his team cannot formally make any changes at the club until the deal is ratified by the Premier League. But at the same time, it’s understood the current United hierarchy won’t take any decision without Ineos’ permission. Now a report suggests, they might’ve made their first influence on the transfer side of things.
New Manchester United owner influence Hannibal Mejbri deal
Hannibal Mejbri is all set to depart Manchester United to join Sevilla on loan. The 20-year-old tenacious midfielder is already in Seville and after a few formalities, his transfer should be announced imminently.
The loan deal includes a buy option of €20m for Sevilla, meaning Hannibal may have already played his last game for the Red Devils. The academy graduate’s latest appearance came in the FA Cup outing against Wigan Athletic.
However, a recent claim from Fabrizio Romano suggests even if Sevilla activate the buy option, United would still be able to sign the Tunisian talent in future after the Premier League side included a potential buyback clause in the deal.
As per the transfer expert, the decision was taken following a request from Ineos. It seems the new owner’s team at United really rate Hannibal.