It all looked nailed on.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Thursday morning that Stefano Denswil was set to sign for Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Club Brugge player would be off the the Premier League on loan, with final details still to be sorted out. Denswil’s agent was set to speak to Brighton today and come to an agreement with the Premier League club, and that wasn’t expected to be a problem.
De Telegraaf also reported that Brighton wanted a buying clause put in the deal, enabling them to sign Denswil next summer without having to start negotiations from scratch. That would have weighted things in the English club’s favour.
However, it’s not happening now.
Club Brugge, on their official website, say that due to Benoît Poulain being out for longer than expected, talks with Brighton have been terminated.
Denswil is then quoted as saying: “I was open for conversations with other teams. That’s why I traveled to Brighton. It remains my ambition to step up to a higher level. Only all parties must be able to agree, which was not the case.”
It’s not too hard to suspect there’s more to this than Benoît Poulain’s injury.