Liverpool set to sign Alexis Mac Allister – for much less than expected: report

Liverpool target Alexis Mac Allister of Argentina celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Poland and Argentina at Stadium 974 on November 30, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
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Liverpool have agreed a deal for Alexis Mac Allister to join from Brighton & Hove Albion.

That's according to Italian journalist and prolific transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who has given the "here we go" sign-off on the deal, confirming that an agreement has been reached.

The Reds have been heavily linked with the Argentine in recent weeks – and even Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi even admitted on Sky Sports that Mac Allister could leave alongside team-mate Moises Caicedo.

Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo celebrate after Brighton's win over Manchester United in May 2023.

Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo could both depart this summer. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Romano has confirmed, too, that a medical is set next, with other targets to be acquired once this deal is over the line. In fact, the Italian described this deal as "100 per cent guaranteed" as far back as April.

“Alexis Mac Allister and his camp consider a summer move away from Brighton as 100 per cent guaranteed,” Romano confirmed in his Daily Briefing. “The expectation is for an early transfer. Both Liverpool and Manchester United look set to open talks on the player’s side soon.”

Talks are apparently ongoing with defensive midfielders Manu Kone and Khephren Thuram, now, with Gabri Veiga a target, too.

Intriguingly, Romano has also claimed that, "Liverpool will pay the buy-out clause in the next days, way less than reported £60m fee."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds the fans following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa at Anfield on May 20, 2023 in Liverpool, England.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have secured a bargain with Alexis Mac Allister (Image credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Liverpool are believed to have ended their pursuit of Jude Bellingham due to financial concerns this summer, so securing Mac Allister for a smaller fee will be good news for Reds fans. The Merseysiders are said to also be chasing defensive cover.

Mac Allister is valued at €42m by Transfermarkt

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Liverpool's failed pursuit of Jude Bellingham has led to discussion over who is to blame, with This Is Anfield writing that the fault lies with both Jurgen Klopp and ownership FSG for FourFourTwo.

The Reds are looking at a number of possible alternatives, including Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern MunichInter Milan star Nicolo BarellaBrighton midfielder Moises Caidedo and Chelsea fringe midfielder Conor Gallagher. Ex-Red Jose Enrique has questioned whether the Merseysiders even needed Bellingham, anyway.

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.