Chelsea turn to Potter favourite Mac Allister as Fernandez alternative

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Graham Potter reportedly has fond memories of his time at Brighton with Alexis Mac Allister, and will look to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are working to reunite manager Graham Potter with Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Alexis Mac Allister in a January move believed to be worth in the range of £60million.

Mac Allister, 24, has been with Brighton since 2019 and is coming off his most productive Premier League campaign after breaking into Potter’s best XI to make 11 consecutive starts last season.

His arrival, followed by a superb start to 2022-23, has not gone unnoticed, with Mac Allister earning a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad, where he would go on to play in all four of his country’s knockout games and provide an assist in the final against France.

Chelsea have spent a lot of time scouting Argentine players in their search for midfield reinforcements, having long been linked with Enzo Fernandez, but have reportedly landed Potter’s recent colleague as the best of the lot.

Chelsea’s interest in fellow Argentine and Benfica midfielder Fernandez has also been well documented, but with his price tag in excess of £100m, Football Insider reports that the Stamford Bridge club now consider Mac Allister to be better value.

The report states that Chelsea are “concrete” interested in making a January move a reality and that £60m is likely to be enough to lure him away from Brighton.

Meanwhile, Portuguese publication Relevo still claim Chelsea’s move for Fernandez is just “one step”, confirming the 21-year-old has agreed personal terms but suggesting Chelsea are hesitant to honor his full release clause.

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