Mac Allister agent hints at interest in Juventus move

    Alexis McAllister’s father and spokesman Carlos has called Juventus “one of the most prestigious clubs in the world” amid growing speculation about the midfielder’s future.

    Brighton & Hove Albion star Mac Allister has become a sought-after player after starting in six of Argentina’s seven games in their triumphant 2022 World Cup campaign.

    The 24-year-old signed a new three-year deal in October with an option for Brighton to extend it for another year, but that has done little to quell interest from other players.

    The Premier League trio of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked, but Juventus are reportedly in the lead in signing Mack Allister next year.

    And McAllister’s agent spoke highly of the Serie A giants, giving an update Thursday on the future of former loanee Boca Juniors.

    “Juventus is a huge club, one of the most prestigious in the world,” Carlos Mac Allister told Tuttomercato.

    “I can only say that along with [Brighton] we will analyze the proposals received and then decide what will happen to Alexis in the future.

    “He is doing well in England and he is grateful to Brighton because they gave him the opportunity to play in Europe.

    “However, we cannot name the price and we do not say who called us. We do not want to give information that could harm the upcoming negotiations, if any.”

    Mac Allister scored the decisive goal for Argentina in their group stage victory over Poland and assisted Angel Di Maria’s goal in a thrilling final against France.

    The 14-cap midfielder has started 14 of Brighton’s 15 matches this season, only missing a 3-1 win over Southampton on Monday as he enjoys a post-World Cup break.

    Discussing the Mac Allister speculation earlier this month, Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said he was confident the club could keep their valuable asset.

    “As we have always said, when players do well, when their profile grows, there will always be interest in them,” said Barber.

    “It’s no different; Alexis is no different. There was interest in him before the World Championships, and I’m sure there will be more interest in him after.

    “All we can do in situations where you have a big asset is try to protect yourself as best we can. We have done this with several of our players and staff.

    “That’s all you can do in such situations. We hope that Alexis will continue to play for us for some more time.”

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