Chelsea have entered the chase for Alexis Mac Allister and could approach Brighton & Hove Albion for the 24-year-old World Cup winner.

According to Argentine journalist Gaston Edul, Chelsea are the front-runners for Alexis Mac Allister, with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid also in the hunt. The 24-year-old World Cup winner could move if Brighton & Hove Albion agree to sell him in January.

Alexis Mac Allister proved his worth with a few accomplished displays for Argentina on their way to winning the World Cup in Qatar. The 24-year-old was one of the standout performers for the champions, scoring once and assisting another. The assist came in the final, as he set up Angel Di Maria for his strike.

Mac Allister earned his call-up to Argentina after consistent displays with Brighton in the last 18 months. He developed into a strong performer under former boss Graham Potter and has continued his form with new manager Robert De Zerbi.

Those performances in Qatar have drastically increased the interest of top clubs in the midfielder. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have showed they were keen to recruit him in January. Mac Allister only signed a new deal with Brighton in October, putting the Seagulls in a strong position.

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Brighton may not intend to sell the 24-year-old World Cup winner in January, but their stance might change in the summer. The journalist suggests even if Mac Allister wanted out, his departure would depend on the Seagulls’ will to sell.

Recent stories suggested Atletico Madrid were favourites in the chase. The Rojiblancos have been looking to beat Arsenal and Tottenham for the Argentine. Now, Chelsea may appear to have become the front-runners for the 24-year-old World Cup winner, as Potter wants a reunion.

The Blues are chasing several targets in the window and may see the wisdom in adding a top star like the 24-year-old World Cup winner. Potter may see the value in bringing Mac Allister and tightening the grip on a loose midfield at Chelsea.

For now, Chelsea could explore the possibility of signing the Arsenal target. But Brighton will certainly ask for a huge price. The Blues may appear open to spending big on the right player. That may be the case with the 24-year-old World Cup winner, although the final decision will remain with the Seagulls.

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