Tottenham report: Transfer insider reveals Spurs are targeting World Cup star

Alexis Mac Allister
Alexis Mac Allister celebrates a goal for Brighton against Aston Villa (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham are keen to sign Alexis Mac Allister and have been monitoring the Brighton midfielder for some time, according to a transfer insider.

Mac Allister starred at World Cup 2022 for Argentina, who lifted the trophy for the third time after a penalty shoot-out victory over France in the final.

The midfielder has unsurprisingly been linked with a big-money move away from the Amex Stadium after his impressive exploits in Qatar. 

Several sides could test Brighton (opens in new tab)'s resolve when the transfer market reopens for business on New Year's Day, and Tottenham (opens in new tab) are among the interested parties.

That is according to transfer insider Ben Jacobs, who told Chris Cowlin's YouTube channel (opens in new tab) that Spurs had identified Mac Allister as a potential target even before the World Cup got under way last month.

“Tottenham like the player, they actually scouted him back in January. So it’s a bit more long-standing than people realise, but he’s contracted until 2025. Brighton also have the option to extend for a year," Jacobs said.

The 24-year-old, who joined the south coast side from Argentinos Juniors in the summer of 2019, is valued at £37.2m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).

Brighton will be loath to lose one of their star players in the winter window, especially as they look set to challenge for European qualification this season.

Roberto De Zerbi's side beat Southampton (opens in new tab) 3-1 on Boxing Day to remain seventh in the Premier League table (opens in new tab).

Mac Allister is unlikely to be involved for the Seagulls when they take on Arsenal (opens in new tab) on New Year's Eve.

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Tottenham could go head-to-head with Liverpool (opens in new tab) for the signature of Sofyan Amrabat, who caught the eye for Morocco at World Cup 2022.

According to a report earlier this month, Richarlison is one of four strikers on Real Madrid's shortlist (opens in new tab) for a new striker.

And former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is open to the idea of managing an international side (opens in new tab).

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).