A couple of years ago, Brighton & Hove Albion faced a small saga over the signing of Alexis Mac Allister from Argentinos Juniors.
Despite spending €8m on the move, the Seagulls had to wait until the player got his European passport to be able to play in the Premier League. So they let him be loaned at the Argentine side until the summer of 2019.
By the time the transfer was supposed to happen, the documentation still wasn’t sorted. So Brighton loaned him again, this time to Boca Juniors, on a season-long spell.
However, Mac Allister ended up getting his visa, and the Seagulls decided to add him to the squad as soon as possible. So they brought him to England in January 2020, and paid a fee to the Buenos Aires side for anticipating the deal.
Now as the midfielder’s father, Carlos Mac Allister, was speaking to ESPN this week, he claimed Boca Juniors had the chance to buy the player back at the time of the loan. Brighton even made a demand for the transfer, which wasn’t matched by the Argentine club.
“It was the best operation Boca made, because they brought him for free and sold him for one million euros. Because when he was back to Brighton, they not only loaned him for free, but also paid to have him back.
“Boca didn’t buy him when they had to buy him. Brighton demanded eight million and they offered five million.”
With ESPN journalist claiming that’d be too much money for Boca Juniors, Carlos Mac Allister insisted the price was good.
“Things are expensive or cheap for what they perform, not for what they are worth.”