Julio César Enciso climbed through the ranks of Club Libertad’s academy before breaking into their first team at the age of 15 in March 2019. He managed eight goals and five assists in all competitions last season and is now in the sights of European clubs.

On Monday, reports in the UK press talked about Brighton & Hove Albion looking at the 17-year-old.

Claims made in England are now backed up in Paraguay by VERSUS, who state there is interest from the Seagulls in the striker.

The Paraguay international is managed by Pedro Aldave and the agent is set to arrive in the country between Tuesday and Wednesday, to discuss his client with the South American side.

It’s claimed Graham Potter’s side ‘would already have a formal offer to present’ to Club Libertad and the latter would not see the youngster’s sale with bad eyes, as long as the money is satisfactory.

There is no official confirmation on the details of what the Premier League side are planning to offer, but the report states it could be around £8m.

Julio César Enciso made his Paraguay debut at the 2021 Copa América. He was given 10 minutes of action across two matches, and those are his only two appearances for the national team.

The teenager will turn 18 years of age later this month, but it is still not clear whether he will be eligible to obtain a work permit to play in England, if Brighton were to try and complete his signing in January.