LIVERPOOL have sealed a deal to sign Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton, the Premier League club confirmed today.
The Argentina midfielder is Liverpool’s first signing of the summer transfer window after he helped Brighton finish sixth and earn a spot in the UEFA Europa League for the first time in their history.
“Liverpool FC has reached an agreement for the transfer of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton & Hove Albion on a long-term deal for an undisclosed fee,” the club announced on their official website today.
“The 24-year-old has successfully completed a medical and agreed personal terms to become the Reds’ first signing of the summer window.
“Mac Allister will arrive at Anfield less than six months on from helping Argentina win the World Cup in Qatar last December, capping a highly impressive season with Brighton.”
Although Liverpool did not disclose the cost of the transfer, it is believed that they paid between £35 million to £40 million to trigger Mac Allister’s release clause, and he signed on for five years.
“It feels amazing. It’s a dream come true, it’s amazing to be here and I can’t wait to get started,” Mac Allister told the Liverpool website.
“I wanted to be in [from] the first day of pre-season, so it’s good that everything is done. I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates.
“It was a fantastic year for me – World Cup, what we achieved with Brighton – but now it’s time to think about Liverpool and try to be a better player and a better human being every day.”
Mac Allister spent three-and-a-half seasons at Brighton following a January 2019 switch from Argentinos Juniors, making 112 appearances across all competitions for the English club and registering 20 goals and nine assists.
At international level he has played 16 times for Argentina, including six appearances as they won the last World Cup in Qatar in December.
Mac Allister will become the seventh Argentinian to play for Liverpool.
He added: “Since I won the World Cup, I said that I want to win more trophies and I think that this club will help me to do that – that’s the aim and when you are in a big club like this one you have to win trophies. So, that’s what I want.
“Since I arrived here, I can see how big this club is – the players we have, the staff, everyone. I’m really pleased and looking forward to playing for this club.”