Liverpool have agreed a deal for Alexis Mac Allister to join from Brighton & Hove Albion.
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.
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 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.
More Liverpool stories
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 Munich, Inter Milan star Nicolo Barella, Brighton midfielder Moises Caidedo and Chelsea fringe midfielder Conor Gallagher. Ex-Red Jose Enrique has questioned whether the Merseysiders even needed Bellingham, anyway.
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Get FourFourTwo Newsletter
The best features, fun and footballing quizzes, straight to your inbox every week.
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.