Liverpool are reportedly ‘moving fast’ to sign Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister as they want to ‘avoid any late suitors attempting a hijack’.
Mac Allister has emerged as Liverpool’s main transfer target after they dropped out of the race to sign Jude Bellingham from Borrusia Dortmund.
The midfielder enjoyed a dream season in 2022/23 as he shone for Brighton and Argentina. He grabbed 10 goals and two assists in his 35 Premier League outings.
The 24-year-old bid farewell to Brighton’s supporters after their draw against Man City earlier this month and his move to Liverpool is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
Journalist Ben Jacobs claims Liverpool are ‘confident of landing Mac Allister’. He has also revealed that Aston Villa and Wovles ‘admire’ Reds youngster Fabio Carvalho.
‘Liverpool are confident of landing Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton. Talks are pretty advanced. This is no surprise given Liverpool have a clear and firm plan in place for this summer and always like to get their business done early,’ Jacobs told Caught Offside.
‘Mac Allister has made it clear to Brighton that he wants to leave since after the World Cup. The club won’t stand in his way, but I do expect them to get a decent price. They handled the Mac Allister situation smartly by getting him to extend just before the World Cup thus protecting his value. Liverpool now want to move fast to avoid any late suitors attempting to hijack.
‘Schmadtke will come in having to deal with plenty of interest in Fabio Carvalho. Liverpool don’t want to sell but may be open to a loan deal.
‘There are Premier League clubs who admire Carvalho, including Aston Villa and Wolves, whilst RB Leipzig have already had an offer rejected to buy the 20-year-old. Liverpool are calm about the situation and their summer.’
Jacobs has reassured Liverpool’s supporters that the club ‘remain stable behind the scenes’.
‘Although there has been a fair amount of change behind the scenes, Liverpool have always had a transition plan in place allowing any new senior recruitment figures to come in smoothly,’ Jacobs added.
‘It was the same for Will Spearman, who is the new director of research. He has been promoted internally, replacing Dr. Ian Graham, and this was always the plan meaning no surprises or department upheaval.
‘It’s easy to look at all the change, and how important this window is to the club, and paint a picture of uncertainty at Anfield. But Liverpool always have a plan. Things remain stable at the club behind the scenes.’