£50k-a-week star ‘more exciting signing than Tielemans’ at Emirates

Arsenal target Alexis Mac Allister is ‘more exciting’ than Youri Tielemans but also a ‘more unrealistic’ option, journalist Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport.

The 24-year-old Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder shone for Argentina at the World Cup and has been linked with a host of top teams from across the continent as a result.

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A recent report from the Daily Mail has claimed that Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid are all interested in prizing Mac Allister away from the Amex Stadium.

The South American star has already stated that he is ‘really happy’ at Brighton, though, and is not in ‘any rush’ to leave the club for pastures new.

“I feel really good with this club and my team-mates, and everyone who works here,” he told BBC Radio Sussex. “I try not to read too much. I always say I am really happy here and I don’t have any rush to leave. I am focused on the next game with this club.”

Brighton are widely regarded as one of the best-run clubs in the country, and perhaps foreseeing Mac Allister enjoying an impressive tournament, awarded him a new contract on the eve of Qatar.

His deal, worth £50,000-per-week, doesn’t expire until the summer of 2025 with the option of a further year, leaving the Seagulls in a very strong position around the negotiating table.  

What has Jones said about Mac Allister?

Jones has told GMS that although he believes Mac Allister would be a more inspiring acquisition than Tielemans, it doesn’t seem as though the World Cup-winner will be on the move in January.

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He said: “The way we have to look at this right now is that Mac Allister isn’t going to be leaving; that just seems to be the underlying truth from a Brighton point of view.

“And so, he might be at the moment the more exciting player to come in, but he’s probably more unrealistic than anybody else, say a Tielemans, also coming through.”

Would Mac Allister be a good signing?

Mac Allister has been in fine form in the first half of the season, already matching his best goals return for an entire campaign with his five strikes in just 15 Premier League appearances.

Yet the technically gifted star is also capable of contributing defensively as his eye-catching underlying numbers show.

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As per WhoScored, Mac Allister has averaged 2.9 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per top-flight fixture throughout 2022/23, placing him in the top two for both metrics amongst his teammates.

Mac Allister may be out of reach for Arsenal in the winter window, but Arteta will surely be keeping a close eye on his progress in the second half of the season.

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