Brighton have signed Paraguay international Julio Enciso from Club Libertad in a deal believed to be worth around £9.5 million, including add-ons.The...
Brighton have signed Paraguay international Julio Enciso from Club Libertad in a deal believed to be worth around £9.5 million, including add-ons.
The 18-year-old forward travelled to England this week with his agent Pedro Aldave and Libertad president Jorge De Los Rios.
Enciso has signed a four-year deal at the Amex Stadium.
The Athletic understands Brighton wanted Enciso to sign a five-year contract, while the player preferred four years.
The club tried to sign Enciso from the Paraguayan first division side in January, only for the deal to collapse at a late stage over personal terms.
Head coach Graham Potter said, “Julio is an exciting young talent, and he has had a great start to his career in Paraguay, as well as being a regular in the Paraguay national squad.
“He’s a young guy who is moving away from his home country for the first time, so we will help him to adapt to new surroundings and settle here in Brighton and Hove.
“We’re really looking forward to helping him develop and working with him, and he will complement our existing attacking options this coming season.”
Enciso scored 11 goals and managed three assists in 17 games for Libertad this season. He joined the club aged 11, and made his debut only four years later.
He has also made six appearances for Paraguay.
Brighton are well versed in the complexities of signing players from South America — which can entail negotiations with multiple representatives — having previously captured Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister, who are Ecuador and Argentina internationals respectively.
Their task, once a deal for Enciso is completed, will be to assess whether he is ready immediately for the Premier League or whether — as was the case with Caicedo and Mac Allister - a loan would be more beneficial.Brighton complete signing of Paraguay international Julio Enciso - The Athletic View Story