‘Brighton and Hove Albion’s move for Valentin Barco could accelerate over the weekend as they look to avoid paying more than necessary for the Argentine youngster.

That’s according to TyC Sports, who provide background information from the Argentinian side and their efforts to keep him away from Brighton.

They explain that the developing story started a few days ago, when those in charge at Boca met with the player’s entourage and proposed that they come to an agreement for the youngster to sign a three- or four-year deal as his current deal expires in December this year.

However, Barco’s representatives made it clear that it was the club who should make a financial effort to keep him and so never responded to these efforts.

The two parties agreed to meet again but that meeting has not taken place and it is now unlikely that it will ever happen.

Instead, TyC claim that the player’s entourage are analysing whether to activate the player’s current termination clause, which is set at $10m, before it increases to $14m on Tuesday.

That’s a little confusing as the idea of it rising automatically has not been presented as a problem until now. How that would happen isn’t made clear, but presumably Boca have a previously unannounced clause to take advantage of.

Either way, his entourage are seemingly analysing whether to have the current clause paid in full before it rises. That would presumably involve Brighton, or another suitor, paying the $10m clause outright.

Boca have rejected two bids from Brighton, the first in the summer and the latest, which is believed to be valued at $9m including Boca retaining 10% of the player’s rights moving forwards.

They seem happy to wait until Tuesday and see his clause rise by $4m, something Brighton and his entourage are keen to avoid, making this weekend key to getting their man at a price they want.