French teenager Hannibal Mejbri has opted against lucrative deals to sign for Premier League sides in order to join Monaco, Le Parisien newspaper reports.
Mejbri had a trial at the Gunners in November last year, while his father confirmed that Liverpool had also made an “enormous offer” when interviewed by the newspaper.
The French publication however report that Arsenal were not in the final running to sign Mejbri as they had cooled their interest in the player after his week long trial in London.
Instead Mejbri’s father revealed that his son had to chose between Monaco, Manchester City and Manchester United, but he did not want to move to England, and decided on signing for the Ligue One side.
The 14 year old is being coached at the famed INF Clairefontaine academy, where scouts from English and French clubs first spotted his talent. He will join Monaco for €1m (£920,000) when his time at the academy ends in July next year.