Chelsea closely monitoring Julio Enciso at Copa America

Premier League heavyweights Chelsea are reportedly tracking the progress of Julio Enciso at the 2024 Copa America.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Julio Enciso is the subject of interest from Chelsea. The Blues are scouring the market for a versatile attacker heading into the summer transfer window. And they are closely monitoring the progress of 20-year-old Brighton & Hove Albion forward at Copa America 2024.

Who is Julio Enciso?

Julio Enciso has made considerable progress since joining Brighton & Hove Albion from Club Libertad in July 2022. A native of Caaguazú, he spent his formative years in his homeland before arriving in England two years ago. Since then, he has become the latest masterful signing from Brighton to go under the radar when he moved to the Amex Stadium.

The 20-year-old has struggled with a few fitness issues in the last two years but has produced impressive performances whenever he has taken the field. However, Enciso managed only 590 minutes of game time across 15 appearances for Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2023/24 season, chipping in with two assists.

Julio Enciso’s progress, irrespective of his fitness situation, has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs across Europe. A move across the Premier League might be on the cards, with recent reports linking him with Manchester City. The Paraguayan international has now emerged as a target for Chelsea.

Move across the Premier League on the horizon?

Chelsea’s interest in Julio Enciso is understandable. The Blues are scouring the market for a versatile attacker heading into the summer transfer window amid the inconsistent displays of Raheem Sterling and Mykhailo Mudryk. So, several candidates, including Ademola Lookman, have emerged on Chelsea’s radar.

Enciso is also a viable target, with Chelsea keeping tabs on his progress at the 2024 Copa America. Meanwhile, the report claims that the Paraguayan international might see Brighton & Hove Albion’s asking price increase to €60 million if he makes his mark at the Copa America.

It is unclear if Chelsea will be ready to cough up €60 million to secure Julio Enciso’s services in the summer transfer window. The valuation is seemingly fair if he fulfils his potential in the coming years. It will be interesting to see if the Blues launch the offensive to sign the 20-year-old from fellow Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.

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