Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are among Alexis Mac Allister’s suitors

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Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are among Alexis Mac Allister’s suitors – with Brighton looking for a big fee… however, north London rivals are prioritising other positions first

  • Alexis Mac Allister one of Argentina’s best performing players at the World Cup
  • The midfielder has garnered the attention of numerous top European clubs
  • Arsenal said to be interested in acquiring his services after the tournament
  • He signed a new deal with Brighton until 2025 on the eve of going to Qatar

Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are interested in the acquiring the services of Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister – though the south-coast club will be unmoved unless a huge offer comes in. 

The Argentine Mac Allister, 23, enjoyed a breakthrough tournament in Qatar, establishing himself as one of Lionel Scaloni’s foremost players as Argentina ended their 36-year World Cup drought to triumph in the Gulf.

Owing to his performances, which were capped by an assist and a generally faultless display in the final against France, Mac Allister has attracted the attention of various big European clubs. 

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Alexis Mac Allister is attracting the attention of various large European clubs after World Cup

Brighton, who have long been credited with being one of the more sensibly run clubs in the English Football League, perhaps foreseeing Mac Allister enjoying a stellar tournament, awarded him a new contract on the eve of Qatar. It runs until 2025 with the option of a further year. 

However, despite both English clubs’ interest, Sportsmail understands that their current priorities lay elsewhere with Mac Allister at present not top of their lists. 

The huge fee that Brighton will demand is likely to put them off at this stage, while Arsenal need another forward and Tottenham are reported to be chasing other, longer-term targets. 

The midfielder established himself as one of Argentina's foremost players at the tournament in Qatar

The midfielder established himself as one of Argentina’s foremost players at the tournament in Qatar

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has praised Mac Allister, saying his performances – and subsequent attention from ‘other big clubs’ – is a ‘nice problem to have.

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Mac Allister recorded a goal and assist in Qatar, the latter of which came in the final, while only five Argentina players – including Emiliano Martinez and Lionel Messi – recorded more minutes than him. 

‘Of course, when staff and players do well, as we’ve seen in the last few months, they do attract the interest of other big clubs,’ he told BBC Sport. 

‘These are clubs that are wealthier and have the chance to give players a new level, we understand that and we’re not naive to that.

‘All we can do is protect ourselves the best we can through the contracts and hope we can hold on to the player for as long as possible, but this is a young man who has just won the World Cup at 23 and set up arguably one of the most iconic goals in World Cup history.’

Brighton - shrewdly - tied Mac Allister down to a new deal just weeks before the World Cup

Brighton – shrewdly – tied Mac Allister down to a new deal just weeks before the World Cup

His assist for Angel Di Maria put Argentina 2-0 up at half-time - before they went on to win the final on penalties

His assist for Angel Di Maria put Argentina 2-0 up at half-time – before they went on to win the final on penalties

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Indeed, De Zerbi has praised him in the aftermath of Sunday, saying: ‘I think Mac Allister is a big, big player. In terms of quality but more in terms of mentality. He understands the game before he receives the ball. He has a strong character and a strong personality. 

‘I am not surprised by his quality of play in this competition. He was a very important player and I think he learned from his father (former Argentina full-back Carlos) this mentality. In every training and every game, he is 100% mentality.

‘The last game with Aston Villa he had a fantastic performance.’

A hall-mark of Argentina’s triumph was the trust clearly put in Mac Allister by Lionel Messi, Argentina’s talisman. The second goal in the final against France came from a move that involved a triangle of the Paris Saint-Germain star, Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez before Angel Di Maria provided the finishing touch. 

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