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Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Athletic Bilbao star Nico Williams

By Charles Cornwall

Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Athletic Bilbao star Nico Williams

The 'Reds', who already had Iñaki Williams on their radar, are following Nico. The younger brother has a release clause of 50 million, unaffordable at the moment.

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Nico Williams scored a goal last Saturday against Mainz. He pulled off a cracking move, cutting inside to make space for himself, and then curling a right-footed shot past the keeper with a fierce drive. The Spanish winger, who has just turned 20, is making his place at the top of La Liga step by step, without stopping. Now in his third season in the elite, he has played 42 games in Athletic, scoring three goals last year, two in the Copa and one in the Supercopa. He has yet to open his scoring account in La Liga.

The younger brother of Athletic Bilbao's unheralded star, Iñaki Williams, became a full-fledged member of the first team in January and was given a professional contract. He also saw his wages increase and his release clause rose from 40 million to 50 million.

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He has established himself in the Under-21s and his stock is soaring, so much so that it is not ruled out that he will soon be called up by the Spanish national team, to avoid a repeat of the temptation of his brother, who has chosen to play for Ghana at this year's World Cup in Qatar. The latter only played for La Roja in a friendly match.

The Williams brothers have a style of play that is very popular in the Premier League. In fact, Iñaki was already years ago in the sights of Liverpool. And now the 'Red' club is following Nico closely. For the moment, there is no danger, since they are not considering to approach the 50 million clause. But if the winger continues to attract the attention of major European clubs, Jon Uriarte —president of the club— will have a problem keeping the player in his current club.

In Bilbao, they do not want to see Nico go

Nico is very comfortable in Bilbao, he knows that it is the best place to continue growing and Valverde has already highlighted his virtues. "He is fast, a player that we like to see, we must take more advantage of what his releases produce and must be more accurate in the last meter…”, he summarized after the first summer tests, against Monchengladbach and Duisburg.



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