Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao are confident in retaining their star winger, Nico Williams, amid interest from Manchester United
The winger’s existing contract with the Spanish club is due to end next summer, and United, along with several other European clubs, are keeping a close eye on the situation, considering a potential free transfer.
However, the Spanish side aims to secure a new contract with their prized asset before January, which is the point at which he can engage in pre-contract negotiations with other clubs.
The La Liga club takes pride in their ability to nurture young talents through their academy, and they have a promising talent in Williams.
The 21-year-old is the younger brother of Athletic Club’s standout player, Inaki Williams, but unlike his older sibling, he has opted to represent Spain on the international stage instead of Ghana.
The youngster has been impressive when playing for the Spanish national team, and the most recent international break showed his readiness to pick up a starting role on the left wing for the national squad. Despite his clear commitment to the national team, uncertainties linger regarding his club career and future.
Athletic Club president Jon Uriarte has clearly stated that he doesn’t want to encourage rumours amid high interest in the winger. Speaking to the Spanish publication AS, he stated that Williams is happy with the club.
The attacker has begun the 2023-24 season in top form. He has participated in four La Liga matches and has already provided four assists.
Man United may look to recruit a new right winger in the upcoming summer. Uncertainties surround Antony’s future due to non-football-related factors, and Jadon Sancho has seen a decline in his position within the squad following a disagreement with manager Erik ten Hag.
Hence, the club is planning to make a move for Williams, who is known for his versatility and ability to disrupt opposing defences.
However, the Red Devils won’t be alone in this race since Liverpool and Barcelona are also monitoring the player’s situation at his present club.
It would be a tough battle between the three sides. But it all depends on the La Liga star and his readiness to move to another foreign club.
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There may be chances that the Athletic Club might convince Williams to sign a new contract and add a huge asking price to the deal.
It remains to be seen how the situation unfolds as the former Osasuna star slowly moves towards becoming a free agent soon.