Brighton & Hove Albion failed to find an agreement with Club Libertad for the transfer of Julio César Enciso in the winter market.
On January 24th, the president of the Paraguayan club, Rubén Di Tore, confirmed the Seagulls have made an offer for the midfielder.
Two days later, we covered claims made by VERSUS that explained the deal to take the 18-year-old to The Amex was ‘done’ after the two sides had found a ‘full agreement’.
Enciso, however, is still with the South American club and has failed to get himself a move to the Premier League side in January.
The teenager’s representative, Pedro Aldave, has now told Radio Monumental his client’s move to Brighton didn’t take shape because of the English club.
“The English (Brighton) club passed an amount to Libertad and then they changed the figures that we talked about initially,” the agent said, as relayed by Última Hora.
They wanted to pay that in two years and 40% less with their taxation, that’s where everything got stuck. I did the operation from start to finish. He’s an 18-year-old player and he’s in great shape, he’s going to thank me tomorrow.”
Despite their failure to take the Paraguay international, Aldave admitted that Brighton will continue to keep a close eye on Enciso, who is most likely to make a switch to Europe in the summer.
“The English club want to continue counting on Julio Enciso. They came to the country and did a medical inspection here,” the representative explained.
“Atlético Madrid and Sevilla also wanted Julio Enciso, but today the Spanish teams do not have what the English teams have.”
“If Julio had the shirt of Brazil or Argentina, he would be worth $30m. Julio Enciso’s operation will be done in the middle of the year, the player will leave to Europe.”