Arsenal’s interest in Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams for the upcoming January transfer window has been reported, and Fabrizio Romano offers insights into the 21-year-old’s situation on CaughtOffside.
Earlier in October, 90Min indicated that the Gunners, along with other Premier League clubs like Liverpool, Aston Villa, and Tottenham, have made inquiries about Williams.
This week, the agent of the reported Arsenal target stated that neither he nor his client has received a contract proposal from Athletic, emphasizing the need for prompt action.
With Williams’ contract set to expire at the season’s end, Romano characterizes this as a precarious situation for the La Liga club. Romano, expressing his personal opinion, lauds Williams as one of Europe’s most talented wingers.
The agent, Felix Tainta, asserts that Williams prefers not to leave on a free transfer, but as of now, no contract proposal has been received from Athletic Bilbao.
The urgency of the situation is underscored by Romano, given the approaching end of November. Williams could agree to a deal as a free agent in January, and the initial plan was for a long-term contract with a release clause of €50 million (£43 million).
Arsenal needs to closely monitor Williams’ situation, particularly given the need for cover for Saka, whose workload has been substantial in recent years.
Williams, a top talent, is inclined to stay at Athletic, but if the opportunity arises, Arsenal should seize it. Although primarily a left-winger, he is right-footed, with a career featuring numerous appearances on the right of the attack.
In the current season, the 21-year-old has performed impressively, recording one goal and five assists in just 10 La Liga games.
According to 90Min, he is considered one of Europe’s top attacking talents, a sentiment echoed by his brother Inaki, who describes him as an ‘incredible’ athlete.