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Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly placed a €75m (£65.8m) asking price on midfielder Alexis Mac Allister after interest from a number of clubs including Manchester City.
From the beginning of the 2022-23 season, the 24-year-old has established himself as a top player for both club and country, regularly outperforming for both Brighton and Argentina.
Mac Allister was one of the breakout performers at the 2022 World Cup with champions Argentina, forcing his way into Lionel Scaloni’s team to start six of their seven matches en route to the final in Qatar.
The midfielder supplied an assist for Angel di Maria in the final, with Argentina eventually overcoming France on penalties to earn their first global title since 1986.
Mac Allister’s Flying Form for Seagulls
Mac Allister has also starred for Brighton so far this season, netting seven goals in 21 appearances across all competitions, with his contributions helping the Seagulls push for a European qualification slot in the Premier League.
Mac Allister’s meteoric ascent is believed to have piqued the interest of several prominent European teams, including Premier League champions Manchester City, who have reportedly identified the midfielder as a potential Ilkay Gundogan replacement.
City are reportedly willing to allow the 32-year-old to play out the remainder of his contract and leave the club for free at the end of the season.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, and Inter Milan are also rumored to be interested in signing Mac Allister, who is contracted with Brighton until June 2025.
Brighton are aware that a number of clubs are interested in Mac Allister, but they will only consider offers of at least €75 million (£65.8 million).
In recent years, Brighton have been notorious for reaping huge profits from the sale of a number of highly-rated players they have developed in the first team, including the club-record £62m transfer of Marc Cucurella to Chelsea last summer.
In January, Arsenal was reportedly interested in acquiring Moises Caicedo from Brighton, with the Seagulls reportedly rejecting a £75 million offer and saying the midfielder was not for sale.
Mac Allister in ‘No Rush’ to Depart Current Club
Mac Allister revealed last month that he is in “no rush” to leave Brighton, but the midfielder’s father and agent has since stated that he will have “chances” to seek pastures new in the summer.
Speaking to Argentine news outlet TyCSports, Mac Allister’s father Carlos said: “For now he is in Brighton. It seems to me a very good thing that he has returned from the World Cup and has not despaired of leaving.
“He is enjoying success calmly and in peace in a team that loves him very much. The reception he received has been for the better. He is very happy at the club.
“We all know that in July there will be chances to leave. But prior to the World Cup, Alexis renewed his contract so that the club also has the opportunity to make a big sale, so that many can reach out to Brighton. That’s the idea.”
Mac Allister and Brighton will be looking to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals when they face Stoke City in a fifth-round tie on Tuesday night.