Alexis Mac Allister’s father and agent Carlos will be in England next week to put the finishing touches on his impending transfer to Liverpool, according to reports in South America. The World Cup-winning maestro looks almost certain to leave Brighton in the coming weeks after helping Albion secure Europa League qualification with a commendable sixth-place Premier League finish.
Mac Allister cut an emotional figure on Wednesday evening during Brighton’s lap of appreciation after playing what is believed to have been his final home game for the Seagulls at the Amex.
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi has already made it clear he expects the former Boca Juniors midfielder to leave the club this summer alongside highly-coveted team-mate Moises Caicedo.
It’s well documented that Liverpool are now in the box-seat for Mac Allister’s signature and it seems the move could edge closer as soon as next week following Sunday’s final Premier League fixtures of the season.
Highly-respected Tyc Sports reporter Cesar Luis Merlo tweeted on Friday: “Alexis Mac Allister’s arrival in Liverpool comes at a key moment: everything is well advanced and next week his father and agent will travel to England.
“The contractual offer is up to 2028 and it remains to finish accelerating and close the exit with Brighton.”
Liverpool are believed to have agreed personal terms with Mac Allister but they are yet to enter formal negotiations with Brighton.
The summer transfer window does not officially open until Wednesday June 14 but that will not stop clubs from making an explosive start to their business in a bid to beat rivals to the punch.
Manchester City are also believed to hold an interest in Mac Allister, while Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the player since he starred at the World Cup in Qatar.
Pep Guardiola sparked further speculation on Wednesday when he hugged and whispered into the ear of Mac Allister following Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Brighton.
Yet Liverpool remain frontrunners to close a deal and there is cautious optimism around Anfield that he will become their first signing of the summer window.
Mac Allister’s Brighton contract is believed to contain a clause that would allow him to leave the club for under £60million.
Yet the Seagulls are masters of negotiating and have shown in recent transfer windows that they will not let go of their players without a fight.
Brighton rebuffed two mega-money offers – the highest of which was worth £70m – in January from Arsenal for Caicedo.
The Ecuador international is also firmly admired by Liverpool but it seems highly unlikely they have the financial muscle to fund both signings this summer.
Caicedo is valued at over £80m after recently penning a new long-term contract just weeks after trying to force his way out of the Sussex club.
Liverpool are targeting up to three midfielders in the transfer window with Mason Mount and Ryan Gravenberch also of strong interest.