Brighton boss confirms two players who are likely to exit amid Man United connections

Brighton boss confirms two players who are likely to exit amid Man United connections

Roberto De Zerbi, manager of Brighton, anticipates that Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo will depart the club this summer, given their ties to Manchester United.

Mac Allister led Brighton to Europa League qualification after playing a pivotal role in Argentina’s World Cup victory. He finishes the year with 12 goals and 3 assists.

Since his transfer from Belgian club Beerschot 18 months ago, Caicedo has also garnered the interest of a number of English clubs.

This season, the 21-year-old played in all but one Premier League encounter for Brighton.

Towards the conclusion of the season, the defensive midfielder demonstrated his versatility by filling in at right back on multiple occasions.

Erik ten Hag admires players with these attributes, but he would be more interested in Caicedo for his efforts in the middle of the field.

He is eager to acquire a new midfielder this summer, and Brighton manager De Zerbi provided him a boost if he wishes to pursue Caicedo or Mac Allister by essentially confirming their departures.

De Zerbi told reporters after the 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on the final day, “I believe Alexis and Moises have played their last game.”

I am truly sorry because they are two outstanding individuals and athletes, but Brighton’s policy is as follows. It is proper for them to depart, as they can compete at a higher level.”

The fact that Mac Allister was visibly emotive as Brighton fans sang his name after the game suggests that a transfer is imminent.

Last week, club chief Paul Barber confessed to talkSPORT regarding the playmaker, “Obviously we know that there are going to be many clubs, not just in this country, but throughout Europe and the world, that will want him to play for them.”

With the club on the verge of Champions League qualification, Ten Hag suggested earlier this month that United was already garnering increased transfer interest.

Thursday’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea secured a top-four finish, and Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Fulham ensured third place.

Post-Chelsea, the United manager stated his intent to acquire “better players.” Despite not knowing his transfer budget due to the takeover saga, Ten Hag expressed confidence that he could still carry out his transfer plans, despite encountering an obstacle in his pursuit of Harry Kane.

Brighton boss confirms two players who are likely to exit amid Man United connections