Man City: Alexis Mac Allister wanted by Guardiola
Manchester City are interested in signing Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Alexis Mac Allister this summer, according to a recent report.
The Lowdown: Man City eyeing a new midfielder
The Premier League champions are at risk of losing two central midfielders in the summer transfer window, with Barcelona eyeing both Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan, and the latter’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
As such, Pep Guardiola will most likely need a new option in the engine room, with City also being linked to the likes of Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice.
The Latest: Mac Allister targeted by Man City
According to the Daily Star, the Sky Blues are hot on the heels of Mac Allister, and a bidding war with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal is expected this summer.
The midfielder is valued at £70m by Brighton, although he could end up costing far more, with Guardiola of the belief that the Argentine would be the perfect addition to his squad at the Etihad Stadium.
The Verdict: Get it done?
Hailed as a ‘golden boy‘ by Brighton podcaster Ryan Adsett, the 24-year-old has impressed for both club and country this season, ranking as Argentina’s fourth-best performer en route to their World Cup triumph in Qatar two months ago as he averaged a 7.05 Sofascore rating.
Since returning to domestic action, the 5 foot 9 maestro is yet to rediscover his form from early on in the season, but he did manage to score twice in Brighton’s FA Cup triumph against Middlesbrough, with his tally for the campaign currently standing at seven goals in 21 games.
Given his performances for Argentina at the World Cup, it is evident that Mac Allister is a quality player. However, he is yet to prove he is worth more than £70m (his current Transfermarkt value is £37.2m), so Man City should continue to monitor his progression during the remainder of the season before committing to a big-money transfer.