Nico Williams, the talented 21-year-old footballer, has become a sensation both in Athletic Bilbao and in the National Team led by Luis de la Fuente. His contract with the Lions is about to expire in seven months, and several renowned clubs are closely monitoring his situation. Among those interested are the Premier League giants, as well as Barcelona and, according to the latest information, Real Madrid.
Barcelona were the first to show their interest in the promising Athletic winger, although their financial problems could hinder their ability to compete in a possible bid. His strategy is based on convincing Nico Williams to join the project led by Xavi and take advantage of his friendship with some Barcelona players, such as Iñigo Martínez.
On the other hand, as ‘ AS ‘ reports, Real Madrid has a solid economy and the capacity to undertake a transfer that satisfies Athletic, in accordance with the termination clause of 50 million euros currently in force. Nico’s youth and talent make him an attractive option for the white club.
However, the Premier League is also showing considerable interest in the Spanish winger, with teams such as Manchester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa, and Newcastle on the list of suitors. Despite this, it seems that Nico’s preference is to continue in Spain, and if he had to choose between Real Madrid and Barcelona, his first option would be the merengue team.
The lions want to keep him
Athletic Club is working diligently to renew the contract of its young jewel before the end of 2023, thus avoiding his departure at zero cost. Currently, Nico’s release clause is €50 million, and although the club has considered increasing it, it is likely that he will remain at that figure. The player is willing to renew, as long as his clause is not raised.
Nico Williams has made it clear that, if he leaves Athletic, he will not do so without financially compensating the club that has seen him grow. In recent statements, the footballer has expressed his tranquility and confidence that everything will be resolved satisfactorily for both parties.