Roberto De Zerbi Confirms Exciting Updates on Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister

Brighton & Hove Albion’s head coach, Roberto De Zerbi, has shed light on the futures of two key players, Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister, hinting that they are ready for the next level in their careers.

As instrumental contributors to Brighton’s successful qualification for European football next season, with a projected sixth-place finish in the Premier League, Caicedo and Mac Allister have attracted significant attention from top clubs.

Caicedo, the Ecuadorian midfielder, was the subject of intense speculation during the January transfer window, with Arsenal reportedly failing in their bid to secure his signature. However, interest in his services remains strong, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool also monitoring his situation closely ahead of the upcoming transfer market.

Meanwhile, Mac Allister, the talented World Cup winner, finds himself in a similar situation. Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City are believed to be among the clubs vying for his signature, adding to the buzz surrounding his future.

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Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister applauds supporters (PHOTO: Guliver)

Roberto De Zerbi admitted that the upcoming Premier League clash against Manchester City could potentially mark the last home appearances for Caicedo and Mac Allister in a Brighton shirt due to the persistent transfer speculation. The coach acknowledged their deserving of playing at a higher level but expressed hope that the allure of European football next season could convince them to remain with the Seagulls.

De Zerbi addressed reporters, stating, “This might be their last game, but it remains uncertain. They deserve the opportunity to step up and play at a higher level. I don’t know what decision Tony Bloom, Brighton owner, will make. However, we can offer them the chance to play in Europe, as our club’s stature has grown. We provide an additional opportunity.”

Caicedo, having made 41 appearances for Brighton this season, contributing with a goal and an assist, has four years remaining on his contract, with a potential extension for another year.

Mac Allister, on the other hand, has been an influential figure for Brighton, scoring 12 goals and providing three assists in 38 appearances across all competitions. His contract is set to expire in June 2025, although the club holds an option to extend it for an additional year to safeguard his value.

While transfer rumors continue to swirl, Brighton’s CEO, Paul Barber, downplayed the likelihood of Mac Allister’s departure during the upcoming summer transfer window.

Brighton, who conclude their season against Aston Villa on Sunday, have a chance to secure their place in the Europa League for next season by earning a point in their Wednesday home fixture against Manchester City. The result could add further intrigue to the futures of Caicedo and Mac Allister as they weigh their options for the next phase of their careers.

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Roberto De Zerbi of Brighton (PHOTO: Guliver)

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