Hannibal Mejbri has joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season, Manchester United confirmed on Monday.
Having found opportunities limited this season, Hannibal was always expected to leave Old Trafford on loan in the January transfer window.
Sevilla led the race for his signature, despite a late enquiry from Everton, with United and the player himself preferring a switch to Spain.
It is thought that the deal contains an option to buy, which could bring Hannibal’s time with the Red Devils to a permanent end.
The 20-year-old could be set for a second stint at Old Trafford down the line, though, as it is believed that United have inserted a buy-back clause for him.
‘Manchester United midfielder Hannibal has joined Sevilla on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 season,’ read a statement on the United website.
‘The Tunisia international will ply his trade in La Liga after securing a switch to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
‘He will hope to help Quique Sanchez Flores’s men move up from 17th in the table, as they currently sit only one place above the relegation zone. Former Red Adnan Januzaj is also on the club’s books.
‘After joining our youth ranks from Monaco in 2019, the 20-year-old made his Premier League debut in the 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, on the final day of the 2020/21 season, impressing with his blend of skill and tenacity.
‘A loan spell with Birmingham City in the Championship last term helped to further his experience.
‘Upon his return to Manchester, he made an impact in pre-season and marked his first senior appearance under Erik ten Hag with a goal, in the 3-1 home reverse to Brighton & Hove Albion in September.
‘Nine further first-team appearances have followed, across the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Carabao Cup and Emirates FA Cup.
‘He came on in the closing stages of the FA Cup third-round win at Wigan Athletic earlier this month and will look to obtain regular game time in Spain. Best of luck to Hannibal!’