“We have to be ready” – PL Manager admits Manchester United target could leave

General view of the Premier League match ball on a plinth.

Brighton are expected to lose Manchester United target Alexis Mac Allister Reuters/Jason Cairnduff.

Brighton and Hove Albion are unlikely to qualify for the next season’s Champions League, but with a statement 3-0 win over Arsenal, Roberto De Zerbi’s men leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur into sixth place in the Premier League. Having played two league games fewer than the Spurs, the Seagulls are in the driving seat to secure Europa League football.

Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea early in the season threatened to derail Brighton’s promising project. But in De Zerbi, the south coast outfit landed a manager under whose leadership the side have taken even bigger strides. One of the biggest reasons behind Brighton’s ever-improving results is their data-based recruitment strategy, which has allowed them to replace departing players, staff, and Potter seamlessly.

However, the bane of this incredible work is that cash-rich clubs in England and across Europe will once again knock on the doors at the Falmer Stadium for Brighton stars in the summer.

De Zerbi admits Manchester United target could leave

“Of course we will lose some players – maybe Caicedo, maybe Mac Allister,” the Italian gaffer said.

“We have to be ready to bring in another good players, and the others, for Mitoma and Estupinan, I think for them the best solution is to stay with us. I don’t know if they are ready to play in the big teams.”

Moises Caicedo was the subject of a bid from Arsenal in January and is expected to attract more proposals at the end of the season. Alexis Mac Allister, meanwhile, is on the radar of Manchester United and Liverpool.

United, who dropped a late point against Brighton last week courtesy of a Mac Allister penalty, are interested in the Argentine, as they aim to further strengthen their midfield. Although they are yet to make any formal approach. Liverpool are understood to be ahead in the race for the Brighton midfielder.