21-year-old Athletic Club winger now prefers Barcelona – report


Athletic Bilbao's Spanish forward #11 Nico Williams shows his skin color as he celebrates scoring his team's first goal following alleged racist insults during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Athletic Club Bilbao at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2024.
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For FC Barcelona, there are a few priority targets heading into the summer. The Catalan giants wanted to reinforce their pivot position first and foremost, and for good reason. However, that is not the only position that Barcelona was hoping to reinforce this summer.

Another position that Barcelona wishes to add additional outlets to is the left-wing position. At the moment, the Catalan club believes the options in that position greatly limit the team, and the arrival of a difference-making left-winger could completely revamp the team and add a whole new dimension to it.

For this specific reason, Barcelona have decided to target Nico Williams. Currently a winger for Athletic Club and the Spanish National team, the 21-year-old forward is a player who combines pace with exceptional danger in the opponent’s box. Moreover, it seems that Barça’s interest is reciprocated from the side of the Spanish winger.

According to SPORT, Nico Williams would like to continue in Spain and Barcelona is seen as his best option. He has already rejected and denied other proposals from the Premier League, Ligue 1, and elsewhere. Essentially, the player is now waiting for Barcelona to make a move as he is aware of their interest.

However, especially with Barça, complications are involved when it comes to a potential transfer. The Catalan club simply cannot match the economic offers of other clubs that may be interested in the player, and as for the €50 million release clause, Barcelona may have issues matching that as well.

To even consider reaching that figure, the Blaugranes would need to reach the 1:1 rule again, as well as potentially make some important sales. Nico Williams, reportedly, understands the fragile nature of Barça’s finances. However, that is exactly why there exists a certain skepticism about Barcelona providing an offer this summer.

Yet, Nico Williams may be willing to wait for Barcelona specifically. His future for this summer will likely be resolved by July, especially with the Euros coming up soon. With Kylian Mbappe set to go to Real Madrid, it would appear that Barcelona is the Spanish winger’s best bet to join a competitive side in La Liga.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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