Liverpool have kicked off their new campaign impressively, securing victory in three out of their first four matches.
This summer’s transfer window has seen the Reds take a decisive approach, with several senior players like Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino leaving the club.
According to a report from Sport, a Catalan-based newspaper (printed edition, pages 2-3), Liverpool have expressed a keen interest in acquiring Nico Williams from Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao.
The 21-year-old talented left-winger, currently under contract with Athletic Bilbao until 2024, has garnered attention for his exceptional technical abilities.
Liverpool joins the race to sign Nico Williams
Liverpool faces competition from Barcelona, who have been closely monitoring Williams for some time now.
While Bilbao aims to extend Williams’ contract, if they fail to do so within the next few months, Barcelona could make a move.
Bilbao hopes to keep Williams at San Mames for an additional two to three years. He possesses a release clause of approximately £43 million and displays great potential for the future.
Estadio Deportivo reports that Liverpool has initiated contact to secure Williams’ signature, although it appears to be a preliminary inquiry regarding his availability, with no finalized agreement at this point.
Williams currently earns around £58,000 per week, a testament to the high regard in which the club holds him.
The question arises: does Liverpool really need another winger? Mohamed Salah still has several good years ahead of him, but there have been reports of interest from Saudi clubs.
Liverpool managed to retain Salah beyond the summer, but their stance may change in a year if they receive a substantial transfer fee for the Egyptian once again.
Jurgen Klopp also has other options in the form of Luis Diaz, Cody Gakpo, and Diogo Jota. Nevertheless, if a player of sufficient quality becomes available, refreshing the squad could prove beneficial.