Mac Allister is set to undergo a medical with the Reds in the coming hours, before finalising his switch to Anfield as the club’s first signing of the summer.
The 24-year-old has agreed a five-year contract worth a reported £100,000 a week, and is expected to inherit the No. 10 shirt last worn by Sadio Mane.
Since the pursuit developed at the beginning of May there has been a lack of clarity over Mac Allister’s price tag – and it was not even immediately reported that a release clause was involved.
Initially, Liverpool were slated to pay £70 million for the World Cup winner, but that has since now reduced considerably.
Now the majority of journalists around Merseyside and beyond are reporting that the transfer will be worth between £45 million and £55 million.
The Athletic‘s James Pearce originally wrote that “the fee is likely to be undisclosed but is understood to be in excess of £45m,” but later added that “sources on the south coast [are] suggesting [the] fee could rise to £55m.”
David Lynch of Football Insider has claimed that the fee was “expected to be lower than the £50m amount previously reported.”
Meanwhile, the Telegraph‘s Mike McGrath has added that the transfer would be “upwards of £40 million.”
It is almost certainly the case that King’s information is outdated, with sources from both clubs suggesting a fee in the region of £45 million to £55 million.
In all likelihood, Pearce’s report may prove the most accurate, likely with an up-front fee of £45 million rising to the final £55 million.
Either way, it represents considerably better value than the £70 million first reported in Mac Allister’s native Argentina.