Fabrizio Romano has admitted on the House of Champions YouTube channel that he doesn’t expect Alexis Mac Allister to move next month amid reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
Mac Allister became one of the stars of this year’s World Cup in Qatar, starting all but one game during the tournament as Argentina came out on top, which appears to have grabbed the attention of Spurs.
Antonio Conte’s side are being linked with a move for Mac Allister in 2023 to help them bolster their midfield options and add some goals and creativity into their side, which he would certainly do with five strikes for Brighton so far this season.
Romano, however, believes Brighton are on a mission to keep Mac Allister and teammate Moises Caicedo until at least the summer, so a move next month could be difficult for Spurs to complete.
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He said: “I think in January, they [Brighton] will try at least to keep one of them, so the mission will be to keep, I think, Mac Allister. I don’t see Brighton selling Mac Allister in January, but maybe in the summer it could be the case – it depends on proposals.”
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Brighton indeed won’t wish to lose one of their star players midway through the season as it would undo a lot of the hard work Roberto De Zerbi has done since replacing Graham Potter, while it would be difficult to find a replacement in January.
However, Spurs could use the rest of this season to judge from afar if Mac Allister can maintain these levels of performance before trying their luck in the summer for the World Cup winner.
Something that will likely force Tottenham to pay a premium for Mac Allister in 2023 is the fact he only signed a new long-term contract back in October, which will have put Brighton in a healthy position to receive a monster fee for yet another player who’s been ‘outstanding‘ for both club and country lately.