Report: Liverpool now closely following £42m winger, after trying to sign his brother years ago

Report: Liverpool now closely following £42m winger, after trying to sign his brother years ago

Liverpool are keeping a close eye on the development of 20-year-old Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams.

That’s according to Diario AS, who claim that Liverpool also wanted to sign his brother Inaki ‘years ago.’

The interest is reportedly nothing more concrete than ‘following’ for the moment. As a result of Williams’ recently increased release clause, which now stands at around £42m, he’s seen as being ‘unapproachable’ to Liverpool. For now at least.

There’s said to be ‘no way’ that Liverpool would consider triggering the winger’s clause right now. However, if he continues to develop, it’s claimed that Athletic president Jon Uriarte will have a problem keeping him.

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Liverpool hoping to see more from Nico

This is a new name reportedly on Liverpool’s radar. Some will remember The Reds reported pursuit of Inaki Williams well, though.

For a time, he looked like being a real option for Liverpool. In the end, he stayed at Athletic, and looks like potentially becoming an all-time great in the Basque country.

Whether or not his brother will follow in his footsteps remains to be seen. He’s certainly turning a few heads with his explosive performances though.

This has yet to translate into goals on a regular basis in the first-team. Williams only has three goals in 42 first-team games. Not a great record for a forward player.

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Only fifteen of those games have been from the start, though. He’s steadily finding his feet in the squad, and played 34 of Athletic’s 38 La Liga games next year.

If Liverpool really are interested in Williams, they’ll look to see an improvement on goal contributions next season.

Do that, and perhaps that release clause won’t start to look so bad after all.

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