Liverpool will have to shell out €50m to land promising Athletic Club striker Nico Williams.
According to AS, Premier League giants Liverpool will have to pay a €50m transfer fee to secure the services of Athletic Club starlet Nico Williams.
The 20-year-old is the latest name to make the cut at San Mames and is mesmerizing everyone with his performances. A graduate of the Basque club’s famed youth system, Williams is a right-winger who regularly makes a name for himself in the game.
The Spanish youth international made his senior debut for Bilbao in 2021 and has since amassed 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals in the process. A good dribbler, Williams likes to face his opponents directly and has an eye for passing balls that leave the opponent off guard.
The 20-year-old’s finishing and composure in the final third leaves a lot to be desired. However, he has the raw potential to succeed in the modern game and could benefit from a manager who can get the most out of him.
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There are few better than Jurgen Klopp to do so, and Williams’ rise has not escaped Liverpool, one of the teams with the best strike rates on the transfer market in recent times. The Reds parted ways with Sadio Mane earlier this summer, after bringing in Luis Diaz last January. With Darwin Nunez also brought in, Klopp is looking to rebuild a new front three.
A position which however lacks strength in depth is that of the right wing. Liverpool have arguably the best player in the world in Mohamed Salah but the lack of a reliable option below the Egyptian is cause for concern. Bringing in a player like Williams, who still has a lot to learn, could be the perfect way forward for Klopp and co.
Not only should the youngster initially settle for a place on the bench, but he can also be turned into a player who is a perfect fit for the club’s system. The option of having Salah mentor his own replacement could also prove invaluable in the long run.
The Reds have been monitoring Williams’ progress for some time now but will have to pay his €50m release clause to land him this summer. Considering the youngster’s progress, it could turn out to be a bargain in the long run.