World Cup winner’s father admits summer ‘possibilities’ to give Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City hope of capture
Any club hoping to sign Brighton star Alexis Mac Allister knows he will not come cheap but his father admits there will be ‘possibilities’ this summer.
The 24-year-old has been on the Seagulls books since January 2019. He was signed from Argentinos Juniors but loaned back to the South American club before making his Brighton debut in March 2020. The midfielder immediately impressed, becoming a regular starter for the south-coast outfit.
He enjoyed 21 Premier League outings in 2020-2021 and 33 last season. But last year’s World Cup has elevated his status to a new level and brought him to the attention of top English clubs.
Brighton are enjoying a superb campaign and sit seventh in the top-flight standings.
Mac Allister has played his part and was given the nod by Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni for the Qatar showpiece.
He excelled at the tournament and ended up as a World Cup winner. Unsurprisingly, many clubs have been linked, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City thought to be keen.
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The Santa Rosa-born ace inked a contract extension with Albion until June 2025 last year. And there is also an option for another year.
Mac Allister has made it clear he is happy at Brighton and in no hurry to leave. And his father, Carlos, echoes those sentiments.
“For now, he is at Brighton,” he told TyC Sports. “It seems to me a very good thing that he has returned from the World Cup and has not despaired about leaving
“He is enjoying success calmly and in peace, in a team that loves him very much. The reception he received has been the best. He is very well in the club.”
Options open for Mac Allister
Mac Allister has made 18 starts among 19 top-flight appearances this term, scoring five goals.
That tally already matches the number he notched in 2021-22 and he is clearly a player with an exciting future.
Whether that is with Brighton remains to be seen but there will be no shortage of suitors should he decide to move on.
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber revealed early in January that he was expecting enquiries about the man with 14 Argentina caps.
However, he made it clear that nobody at the club wants to see the talented schemer leave in the near future.
It seems inevitable that clubs will come calling when the dust settles on the current campaign.
And, while remaining on the south coast might seem the logical option, his dad knows that money talks in football.
“We all know that in July there will be possibilities to be able to leave,” he added. “But prior to the World Cup, Alexis renewed his contract so that the club also has the opportunity of an important transfer, so that a lot can reach Brighton. It is the idea.”
Mac Allister played the full 90 minutes as Brighton suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Fulham on Saturday.
Manor Solomon scored the only goal of the game while Seagulls boss Roberto de Zerbi was red-carded in the tunnel after the game.
But it was their first loss since December 31. And they are still very much in contention to qualify for European football.
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