Manchester United is said to have undertaken internal talks about signing Brighton’s Alexis MacAllister. This season, the 24-year-old has shined in the Premier League and helped Argentina win the World Cup in Qatar last year.
United’s fortunes have improved under Erik ten Hag this season, and the club seems certain to return to the Champions League next season after reaching third in the Premier League rankings. Ten Hag has already spent a lot of money to bring in a lot of players since taking over, but he will go back to the transfer market in the summer to develop a team that can challenge for more honors next season.
According to CBS Sports, the Red Devils have considered signing Mac Allister, but Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City are also worth keeping an eye on as the race for the player’s signature heats up. Mac Allister has more than two years left on his present contract at the AMEX Stadium, but he might be allowed to leave for £60 million.
Mac Allister was a key figure for Argentina during the World Cup, starting six of the country’s seven games. He scored against Poland in the group stages and then assisted Angel Di Maria in the final against France.
And the player’s Brighton teammate Adam Lallana has even indicated that Lionel Messi admires Mac Allister. “When Lionel Messi drops deep and obtains the ball for Argentina, one of his teammates, in particular, will move forward from midfield and take up a position higher up the pitch,” the former Liverpool player said during the World Cup.
“Similarly, when Messi runs high, the same guy will respond by sliding back. On the field, they have a connection; they are on the same wavelength, and Messi is always glad to pass the ball to him because he knows he will get it back.
“That guy is Alexis Mac Allister, my team-mate at Brighton & Hove Albion, and I can’t think of many higher accolades in sport than Messi trusting you. That is the highest expression of esteem.”
When it comes to choosing his next club, Mac Allister will not be short of options this summer. And if United can get their hands on him, he might offer Ten Hag’s club the attacking energy and big-game experience they need to reclaim the Premier League title.