Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister is set to undergo a medical examination with Liverpool, according to the PA news agency.
The Seagulls have granted permission for the 24-year-old World Cup winner to commence the process of finalizing his transfer to Anfield. Mac Allister’s representative, his father Carlos, arrived over the weekend to engage in talks about the future of the Argentina international.
It is understood that Mac Allister has a release clause, estimated to be between £45 million and £55 million, in the contract he recently signed in October. Brighton‘s decision to allow him to undergo a medical indicates that Liverpool is drawing closer to securing the player, who emerged as their primary transfer target after withdrawing from the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi admitted last month that he is already resigned to losing Mac Allister, who played a pivotal role in securing the team’s first European participation by finishing sixth in the Premier League, just five points behind Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp is seeking to rebuild his midfield after a disappointing season, and Mac Allister has been a long-term target. But the Departures of James Milner, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain upon the expiration of their contracts have created a void that Liverpool aims to fill.
While Liverpool also expressed interest in Chelsea’s Mason Mount, who has one year remaining on his contract, Manchester United appears to be the frontrunners in that pursuit. Klopp is unwilling to engage in a lengthy and potentially expensive process, so he has shifted focus to other players.
The Reds have been linked with Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch, Nice’s Khephren Thuram, and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Manu Kone. They aim to conclude their business early in preparation for the start of pre-season on July 8.