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Arsenal and Liverpool miss out on 14-year-old wonderkid Hannibal Mejbri who joins AS Monaco for £920K

 

The youngster came close to signing for the Gunners after spending several weeks on trial there

The youngster had emerged as a target for Arsenal and Liverpool after impressing at the INF Clairefontaine academy.

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has secured the signing of the 14-year-old ace

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has secured the signing of the 14-year-old ace

The youngster emerged as a top target for Arsenal

The youngster emerged as a top target for Arsenal

The contract with the French outfit will come into effect from the 1st of July 2018, when he finishes his final year with the academy.

He came close to signing for Arsenal after spending several week there on trial, but the 14-year-old opted to accept Monaco’s offer.

When speaking to Le Parisien, the players father revealed that Liverpool also made a huge offer for his  son.

Lotfi Mejbri said: “It has never been a question of money. If we were in for that, we could have got a lot more than what is being claimed in the press.

“I will give an anecdote: after signing for Monaco whilst on holiday in Tunisia, a lawyer with a mandate from Liverpool called me with an enormous offer.

“But I only had one word for him.”

 

Liverpool also voiced their interest in the 14-year-old talent

Liverpool also voiced their interest in the 14-year-old talent

Mejbri went on trial with the Gunners for several weeks

Mejbri went on trial with the Gunners for several weeks

The 14-year-old, who has been likened to David Luiz because of his frizzy hairstyle, has already secured himself a sponsorship deal with Adidas.

Last year Mejbri’s father insisted that his priority is to study, as he believes a career as a lawyer or a doctor is a lot more plausible.

He said: “Even if he does [make it as a pro footballer], I do not want him to have a chickpea for a brain in his head.”

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/4334661/arsenal-liverpool-14-year-old-hannibal-mejbri-monaco/

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