Despite many claims saying Brighton & Hove Albion were close to signing Libertad wonderkid Julio Enciso, it now seems the transfer is not happening.
According to ABC, the move collapsed today because of a decision from the player.
Enciso has 20% of his own registration rights, which isn’t unusual in South America, so besides Brighton’s agreement with Libertdad, they had to reach a deal with the striker for his part as well.
And while Enciso wanted to receive his amount in Paraguay, due to different tax rates in his home country, the Seagulls wanted to pay him in England.
So he decided to turn down the move.
ABC now says that his entourage have decided he’s now not moving in this transfer window. He’s set to stay at Libertad and feature in their Copa Libertadores campaign.
The word in the South America media had been that Brighton would pay around £8m for the move, and even the Paraguayan side’s president had confirmed that the transfer was close.
Enciso, however, apparently decided to call it off.