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Chelsea make £49m bid for 24-year-old midfielder, club respond

Chelsea have reportedly just submitted a bid to sign Brighton star Alexis Mac Allister.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, the Blues made a bid worth around €55 million (£49 million) for Mac Allister this week.

The report explains that Brighton have rejected the bid for their 24-year-old star, which has seen a phenomenal rise in recent months.

A key player for Premier League side Brighton, Mac Allister is still riding the wave of winning the World Cup with Argentina over the winter. Incidentally, he has teamed up with Benfica’s 22-year-old midfielder Enzo Fernandez in the Argentina XI, so the pair know each other well.

Chelsea clearly liked what they saw from the World Cup champions as Fernandez is another player strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in January.

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Gazetta dello Sport claimed a few weeks ago that Mac Allister would like to join Juventus. However, he is still a Brighton player as the January transfer window enters its final week.

Chelsea have failed to sign the all-action Brighton midfielder, but will another offer be on the table soon?

Brighton, which is sixth in the Premier League, could be chasing a European spot this year. Therefore, it would be a crushing blow to lose their best individuals mid-season.

The Seagulls have proven their strategy of cashing in on their star names and recruiting smartly works, but finding a like-for-like replacement for Mac Allister would be a huge ask.

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The Chelsea fanbase has been blown away to see so many new faces arrive in the last two transfer windows, including many exciting youngsters with great potential.

However, it feels like there is work to be done in the center of the park.

The Blues have relied on the same senior midfielders for a number of years, so it would be great to bring some fresh blood to the squad in that area.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for over six years. He graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match reports. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his childhood club, which seems to deal with more drama every day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also sees himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.

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