It’s six months since Brighton & Hove Albion sealed the transfer of Alexis Mac Allister from Argentinos Juniors and after remaining in La Paternal for the remainder of the Superliga season, it has now been confirmed that the 20-year-old will spend the next year with Boca Juniors.
A host of clubs were vying for Mac Allister’s signature in the knowledge that the midfielder still hadn’t acquired the necessary paperwork to make the switch to England.
Argentinos had hoped to retain their academy product’s services for at least another six months while Boca were competing with Independiente, Racing and San Lorenzo for a year-long loan before Alexis ultimately opted for La Bombonera, putting pen to paper on a loan until June 2020.
It is certainly not ideal for Brighton, who paid around £7 million for Mac Allister in January but technical director Dan Ashworth tried to put a positive spin on things: “Alexis is an exciting young talent and he will continue his development for the next year in his homeland, with one of Argentina’s biggest clubs, playing in the Argentine first division and South America’s prestigious Copa Libertadores.
“We will continue to monitor his development over the 12-month period and review his position next summer.”
¡Bienvenido, Alexis! pic.twitter.com/1Crl2cOymW
— Boca Jrs. Oficial (@BocaJrsOficial) June 19, 2019