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Liverpool confident over Alexis Mac Allister but want to move fast to stave off Chelsea threat
Alexis Mac Allister is expected to leave Brighton and do so early in the window. The Argentine midfielder has been in demand since the World Cup, but Brighton ensured he signed a new deal before heading to Qatar and in doing so took a mid-season sale off the table and protected his value.
Mac Allister's contract has an atypical form of exit clause, which is helpful in facilitating a move and allowing Liverpool to move on the player side. But it's not just a standard trigger. It's all pretty complex meaning Brighton will feel any exit is happening on their terms.
Brighton CEO Paul Barber told me back in January that the ideal plan was to try and keep hold of Mac Allister until at least summer 2024, but even with European football next season Mac Allister wants to leave now. He essentially decided this right after the World Cup.
As things stand, Liverpool have made significant progress on the player side and are confident a deal can be done. They will want to move fast to ensure no Premier League suitor rivals them.