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Premier League giants Liverpool are tracking Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams but have no intention of triggering the forward’s £42 million release clause this summer, according to Spanish publication AS.
Goodbye Neco Williams, hello, erm, Nico Williams?
After selling the versatile full-back to Nottingham Forest in a £17 million deal, Liverpool have reportedly added the Welsh international’s near-namesake to their watch-list. But the similarities between the two Williams’ begin and end at their identical surnames.
It feels rather fitting, given he was born in the town of Pamplona, that Nico is at his most devastating when barging through defenders like the proverbial bull in a China shop. The 20-year-old possesses the same raw pace as his older brother Inaki, but with added finesse and guile.
“I think he is a player with great qualities,” former Athletic coach Marcelino Garcia Toral says of the Spain U21 international. “And then he is daring.”
Liverpool like Athletic Bilbao starlet Nico Williams
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Nico loves nothing more than slamming his foot down onto the accelerator and cruising through the gears. End product is still required – he scored just three times in 39 games last season – but he possesses the raw minerals of a top-quality forward.
According to AS, a Liverpool side renowned for turning potential into greatness are keeping a close eye on Williams. Jurgen Klopp’s side will not be triggering the 50 million euro release clause in his contract this summer.
But Williams is exactly the sort of exciting, technically-gifted youngster that have become the backbone of Liverpool’s success during the Klopp era; A la Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz.
“My brother (Inaki) is more physical. He has a lot of pace. I’m a dribbler, like Neymar, (Ousmane Dembele) and Kylian Mbappe,” Nico told TV3 a couple of weeks ago before insisting that he is not thinking about life away from San Mames just yet.
“I love Athletic. I want to be there with my brother and all my teammates. It’s like a family for me. I want to stay in Bilbao.”
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