Brighton and Hove Albion’s offer for River Plate striker Rafael Borré continues being a hot topic in South America.

Even though that may not sound a big deal in an increasingly busy transfer rumour mill, it apparently had a big impact on the player’s current situation.

That’s because Brazilian side Grêmio were really close to signing Borré, who will become a free agent come the end of his contract with River Plate this summer, but that deal has since apparently collapsed.

Grêmio vice-president Marcos Hermann has been speaking to the Argentine media about it on Thursday, and he’s not best pleased, referring to Brighton’s competition in the process.

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“Each player has the right to do what they want,” Hermann told Jogo Bonito (via Olé).

“I don’t think our offer is less than Brighton’s, which I don’t know if it exists either. For South America, our proposal was very interesting.”

Brighton’s offer was first reported by TNT Sports on Tuesday morning, but there haven’t been any updates from any of the local outlets since then.

In fact, newspaper Olé later stated there were no official bids from the Seagulls.

The Premier League side would certainly have more money to offer than any South American club, but the question of whether their interest in the striker is real has now been placed under scrutiny.