Brighton 'are confident they can hang on to Alexis Mac Allister in January' despite interest from Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and several European clubs after his World Cup exploits with Argentina
- Mac Allister, 24, was outstanding for Argentina as they won the World Cup
- A number of elite clubs in England and the continent have been linked with him
- Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United are credited with interest from Premier League
- Atletico Madrid and Juventus have also been linked with the Brighton midfielder
- But Brighton are optimistic Mac Allister won't be going anywhere in January
Mac Allister, 24, produced a number of impressive performances as Argentina won the World Cup for the first time, beating France on penalties in a classic final.
Several top clubs have been linked with Brighton's Alexis Mac Allister after the World Cup
The 24-year-old was excellent as Argentina won the World Cup in Qatar last month
Brighton have not yet received any contact from any club over buying Mac Allister in January, according to The Athletic, and there is no release clause in his contract.
Mac Allister signed a new contract at the Amex Stadium, through until June 2025 with the option of a further year, just a month before the World Cup started.
His success in Qatar has undoubtedly boosted his value but Brighton will not put a price on his head and would certainly not wish to lose Mac Allister halfway through the season.
Brighton granted Mac Allister a fortnight off following his World Cup exploits and he returned to his home in Santa Rosa after enjoying the celebrations in Buenos Aires.
Mac Allister impressed in the World Cup final, which saw Argentina beat France on penalties
He was supposed to return for the FA Cup third round visit to Middlesbrough on Saturday but Mac Allister has come back sooner, such is his eagerness to return to club action.
Indeed, Mac Allister may be involved when Brighton travel to Everton in the Premier League on Tuesday night if head coach Roberto De Zerbi deems him ready.
Brighton lost 4-2 at home to leaders Arsenal on Saturday evening in his absence.
The Brighton midfielder has only recently penned a new deal with the Seagulls until 2025
Mac Allister came into Lionel Scaloni's Argentina side after they were shocked by Saudi Arabia in their opening group game.
He started their remaining six matches en route to glory, scoring his first international goal in the win over Poland and establishing an excellent understanding with Lionel Messi.
Mac Allister set up Angel Di Maria's goal in the final, which looked to have Argentina on course for victory in normal time before France fought back.
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