When Alexis Mac Allister finally got his European passport this month, it seemed like Brighton & Hove Albion could finally bring him to England.

The Seagulls signed the midfielder back in January 2019, but had to wait until he had the paperwork for a work permit in the Premier League. They put him on loan at Argentinos Juniors and then Boca Juniors.

And although some reports said there had been negotiations so Brighton could cut short his current loan spell and take him in January, it now looks he may not move at all.

Interviewed by TyC Sports today, Boca Juniors president Jorge Amor Ameal has revealed that the talks could end up in an agreement for the player to stay in Buenos Aires.

“We currently have people meeting with Brighton’s emissary and there is a possibility that Alexis will stay after June,” said Ameal (via Telam).

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This would be a plot twist for a saga which has been strange since the start. For months Mac Allister has been claiming he’d like to stay at Boca Juniors, even though South Americans of his age usually dream of playing in Europe’s top leagues.

Brighton spent €10m, and would surely want to benefit seriously from a new loan or a permanent deal.