Liverpool worked through Friday night to reach an agreement with Brighton over the fee for Alexis Mac Allister.
That’s according to Tuttomercatoweb, who report that the two clubs have now decided on a fee for the 24-year-old. It’s claimed that the fee in question is 60 million plus 5 million in bonuses. However, the currency isn’t specified, meaning the final price could range from £56.6m to £65m.
This isn’t said to be an official agreement though, more like a deal ‘in principle.’
In the meantime, Liverpool reportedly have work to do to convince Mac Allister to move to Anfield. The World Cup winner is certainly interested though, and is claimed to have come ‘very close’ to signing on the dotted line last night.
With almost two months to go until the window officially opens, that leaves plenty of time to persuade him.
Mac Allister taking some convincing
Getting the gist of reports over the last few days, agreeing a fee with Brighton is where this deal could potentially fall down. The Seagulls are said to be looking for close to £70m to entertain his exit this summer.
From a Liverpool point of view, this is simply far too much. Mac Allister is a very good player who will no doubt improve the Reds right now. But he hasn’t done enough to have that kind of price-tag slapped on his head.
As a result, if Liverpool really have come to an agreement with Brighton, there shouldn’t be too much left to stand in their way.
There is still the worry that a Manchester City or United may still come in for Mac Allister. It’s clear that the Reds’ interest is the strongest so far, though. Hopefully this proactivity will help convince the player of his next move.
In the meantime, talks will surely continue with Mac Allister. Whatever salary Liverpool are offering, it’s sure to be a fair bit more than what he’s currently on at Brighton.
Without Champions League football next season, joining the Reds is understandably slightly less attractive this summer. But hopefully the Argentine can still be convinced.