Liverpool and Manchester United are after Athletic Club’s Nico Williams

One of the hottest commodities on the European football market right now is Athletic Bilbao’s young star Nico Williams. The brilliant teenager has caught the eye of top Premiership teams, and it wouldn’t be strange to see him switch kits until the end of the summer transfer window.

It’s yet another product of Athletic Bilbao’s academy, one of the best in Spain and Europe, which recently got a new boss, Sergio Navarro. This season could be as fun to play during the season as NFL Week 4 Odds.

Nevertheless, the addition of Nico Williams could completely change both teams and the rest of the league. Fans should be beyond thrilled to have this young star.

Who is he?

Williams, 19, is the younger brother of Inaki Williams, an athletics star who recently decided to move on and play for Ghana. Unlike Inaki, who only played one game for Spain and thus had the opportunity to switch nations, Nico is expected to become a regular member of the Spanish national team in the future.

His performances throughout the 2021/22 season have been outstanding and the youngster has improved in all areas of the game. Williams has played 34 La Liga games, becoming an indispensable part of the unit. He is expected to have an even bigger role in the upcoming campaign, especially under head coach Ernesto Valverde, who recently returned to San Mames.

But the problem for Bilbao and his fans is the interest in Williams coming from England, as Liverpool and Manchester United have already set their sights on the winger. According to reports, they are ready to pay 42 million euros, which is a potential fee for this guy, and according to some sources, over time this sum could increase much more.

Its cut

Liverpool have a core in the attacking line, and it would be hard to see Williams getting minutes into Klopp’s system immediately unless the Reds free up space by sending reserve players away from Anfield. On the other hand, United are rebuilding and they need young stallions who would make a change and potentially stay long term at Old Trafford.

Klopp and Ten Haag like Williams’ style of play and seek players like him for their system. Aggressive, quick, with good anticipation from both sides, Williams would fit perfectly into their tactical thoughts, not least because he has much better defensive characteristics than most wingers today.

At the moment, only the names of these two teams have emerged in the media, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see more appear until the end of the summer transfer window.

Athletics

Williams is another great product of Athletic’s youth academy, which recently got a new boss. After the presidential elections held in the club at the end of June, Jon Uriarte wins the presidential position and decides to make several changes. Ernesto Valverde returned home, where he rose to fame, and with him Sergio Navarro became the head of the youth academy.

Navaro has already announced an even bigger push to create young talent who will be ready to play for the first team and make an immediate impact. Bilbao youth academy is known around the world, and some of the more recent talents they have produced are Iker Muniain and Inaki Williams.

Names like Iraola, Amorebieta, Fernando Llorente, Suaseta, de Horno, Karanka, Garitano Larrazabal, all started playing football in Lezama, where Athletic’s facilities are located.

The Bilbao club finished the 2021/22 campaign in eighth place and failed to reach the international stage. The goals for the upcoming championship are to finish in the place that leads to Europe and, if possible, to add a Copa del Rey trophy. Last year, they lost in the semi-final against Valencia and also lost the Spanish Super Cup final against Real Madrid.

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