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Liverpool beats Manchester United in signing World Cup champion

Liverpool beats Manchester United in signing World Cup champion

Liverpool has secured their first summer acquisition with the arrival of Alexis Mac Allister, as reported by The Times and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano. The midfielder became world champion with Argentina last December and made a great impression in the World Cup. Manchester United was also pursuing him, but they have definitively missed out.

It is no secret that Liverpool has been pursuing Mac Allister. The 24-year-old central midfielder is reportedly keen on a move to Anfield himself, making the transfer seem like it's only a matter of time. Romano reports that he will sign a five-year contract until 2028. The medical examination is expected to take place within 24 to 48 hours.

Liverpool will not have to pay the top price for the Argentine, as he has a release clause at Brighton & Hove Albion. It is unclear exactly how much this amounts to. Figures between 52 and 70 million euros have been mentioned, although Romano states on Twitter that the price will be much lower than 70 million euros.

The news is a slap in the face for Manchester United, who were also pursuing Mac Allister. However, he specifically wanted to join Liverpool, causing the club coached by Erik ten Hag to shift their focus to Mason Mount. The Chelsea midfielder was also linked to Liverpool, but they ultimately preferred Mac Allister.

In 2019, Brighton & Hove Albion signed Mac Allister for eight million euros, so they stand to make a significant profit from this deal. Since 2020, he has been a regular starter for The Seagulls, making a total of 112 appearances. During that time, Mac Allister accounted for 20 goals and 9 assists.

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