Journalist Graeme Bailey has said that Tottenham’s chances of snapping up Alexis Mac Allister may depend on whether Brighton manage to qualify for European football this season.
Mac Allister’s stock has understandably skyrocketed after his impressive displays in Argentina’s successful World Cup campaign and Tottenham are one of the clubs who have been credited with an interest in the Brighton star over the last few months.
90 min were the latest publication to report on the North London club’s pursuit of the 24-year-old, with the outlet revealing last week that the Lilywhites are set to battle the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle United and Chelsea for the midfielder in the summer.
It was asserted that Mac Allister is expected to be on the move at the end of the season as he has already made up his mind to take the next step in his career.
However, Bailey believes that the World Cup winner could decide to stay put at the Amex Stadium for one more year if the Seagulls can offer him European football next season.
The journalist told TEAMtalk: “Alexis Mac Allister wants to leave Brighton this summer. But he has a lot of hurdles to overcome before he can get out of the Amex.
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“Mac Allister signed a new long-term deal just before Argentina’s World Cup campaign, which saw him excel. And it is no real shock to learn that the interest in him is strong with many clubs around Europe keen.
“However, Brighton as it stands are in no mood to sell – given that he only signed his new deal earlier in the season.
“As we saw with their stance over Moises Caicedo, they stood firm in January and if they decide not to sell they won’t – although could something like that go on for the whole of the summer, am not so sure.
“I am told Brighton’s finishing position could help dictate this, in that if they finish in Europe – that may quell his want to leave.
“But even that may not be enough to convince him not to seek a move especially if the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham come calling…which they might.”
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Tottenham would have to qualify for the Champions League to have any chance of snapping up Mac Allister as the midfielder is certainly not going to be short of options in the summer.
The 24-year-old is likely going to cost in excess of £50m as his current contract at the Amex Stadium runs until 2026.