Brighton & Hove Albion CEO Paul Barber cannot confirm that Alexis Mac Allister will remain at the Amex Stadium next season.
As Fabrizio Romano reported, Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in signing the midfielder.
He is having a fine season with the Seagulls and played a crucial role in Argentina’s World Cup triumph last year.
In a recent interview with talkSPORT, Paul Barber failed to rule out the possibility of a transfer exit for Mac Allister.
He said: “Well with Alexis, we sat down before the World Cup with Carlos, Alexis’ father and his agent, and agreed on a new contract and that was about making sure Alexis was as settled as possible as he could be before the World Cup.
“And afterwards we ensured he got back focused on the Premier League, which to his credit he absolutely has done and has performed very very well.
“What the summer brings, we don’t know and we do know that our best players are going to come under a lot of scrutinies and a lot of interest and we’ll manage that as we always do, if and when it happens.
Man United should not overpay for Alexis Mac Allister
The 24-year-old is known for his clever off-the-ball movements that help the players around him to benefit. He is a swift passer of the ball and likes to draw fouls from the opposition.
One of his biggest strengths is the versatility he offers at the centre of the park. He can play as a holding, central or attacking midfielder.
Ten Hag wants his midfielders to play long passes to involve wingers who are told to remain wide on the flanks. Mac Allister does this regularly to use the pace possessed by Mitoma and Solomon March.
The Telegraph reported last week that the Seagulls want at least £70 million to sanction his departure.
Brighton’s number 10 will be a shrewd addition to United’s squad but spending over £70m on him won’t be an intelligent move. He has yet to reach the heights that Frenkie de Jong or Declan Rice have achieved.
The creative midfielder put on another impressive performance for Brighton against United in the FA Cup semi-final. He took a brilliant free-kick early in the game to pull out a great save from David de Gea. However, he failed to take his side to the FA Cup finals as United prevailed on penalties.
The Red Devils are hunting for a world-class striker, and the bulk of their summer transfer budget will be allocated to him.
Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof may leave the club in search of more playing time. This will force Ten Hag’s hand to get another top-quality centre-back.