Liverpool signed Alexis Mac Allister for £35m from Brighton. The Argentine World Cup winner, who passed a medical in Merseyside on Tuesday, has agreed on terms on a deal that will run to June 2028 and an idea of the importance that will be placed on his arrival is the fact he will be given Liverpool’s vacant No 10 shirt.
It is a significant number in Liverpool’s history, as it was worn by John Barnes and, more recently, Sadio Mane but it is also significant for Mac Allister too, given the symbolism of the number in Argentina with Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.
Liverpool has been tracking Mac Allister since before last winter’s World Cup. The club has offered no guidance on how much they have paid for the 24-year-old nor are Brighton but Mail Sport understands the fee is in the region of £ 35 million.
It had initially been expected that it would take more than £ 60 million for Liverpool to secure Mac Allister’s release, so this investment – on face value – makes huge economic sense: it is up to the player to see if the figure becomes a bargain.