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Liverpool and Manchester United have been handed extra encouragement in their pursuit of Alexis Mac Allister amid reports that the Brighton midfielder’s contract contains a complex transfer clause. The Seagulls may look to cash in on the 24-year-old this summer if one of their rivals stumps up the cash, despite only recently tying him down to a new contract.
Mac Allister’s reputation was already on the up at the start of this season, having broken into Brighton’s starting XI in 2021/22. But a starring role in Argentina’s stunning World Cup win sent his stock through the roof, prompting Premier League clubs to circle.
United and their bitter rivals, Liverpool, are thought to be at the front of the queue for the Seagulls star, who has struck nine goals in the league this term. And their interest is only set to ramp up after the emergence of a hidden clause in Mac Allister’s contract.
The midfield maestro signed a new deal in October last year, and according to The Athletic, the terms include a mechanism that would help to facilitate a move elsewhere.
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Frustratingly for those interested in splashing out on Mac Allister, the mechanism is not thought to be as straightforward as a standard release clause. In such cases, clubs bidding a certain amount would take Brighton out of the equation and allow the player to choose his next step.
Instead, the contract clause will reportedly allow the Seagulls to have a say over the outcome. While Roberto De Zerbi’s side are still relatively new on the scene, selling to either Liverpool or United would effectively constitute doing business with one of their rivals.
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Jurgen Klopp’s side are seven points ahead of Brighton in the Premier League table, but they have played three matches more. United, meanwhile, are eight points ahead having played two more games.
It therefore remains to be seen whether Brighton would stand in the way of Mac Allister joining a club that could threaten their pursuit of European football in future campaigns. The Argentine should also have options abroad, with Juventus heavily linked in the wake of the World Cup.
Last time out, Mac Allister buried a high-pressure 99th-minute penalty to down United at the Amex Stadium. After the final whistle, the midfielder dampened transfer speculation by showering his current club with praise.
“I’ve been here three three-and-a-half years already and I know what this club gave to me, I’m really grateful with them, really happy to be here,” he told Sky Sports. “I try to transmit that to my teammates, the young players – South American players, which we’ve got a lot. It’s a fantastic team, it’s like a family so every time I get to the pitch I really enjoy playing here.”
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