Premier League giants ‘are considering move for Spain’s Euro 2024 breakout star Nico Williams… but his Athletic Bilbao president sends warning over his transfer status’

  •  Nico Williams’ Euros heroics has put him on the transfer radar of several clubs
  •  But both the 21-year-old and his club president remain relaxed about his future
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Nico Williams is reported to be on the transfer radar of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona – but the player insists he’s happy at Athletic Bilbao.

According to talkSPORT, Williams has ‘a release clause worth as little as £47million (€55million)’, and this could tempt several Premier League clubs to make an approach after the Euros.

The winger delivered a man-of-the-match performance for Spain on Thursday in their dominant 1-0 victory over Italy, their second Group B match of the tournament.

Despite attracting the attention of several big clubs, speaking ahead of Euro 2024, the 21-year-old said he is content with life at Athletic Bilbao.

‘I am very happy,’ Williams said. ‘It is the club that has given me everything, the one that has bet on me 100 per cent. I am quite clear, in the end, as I have told you, Athletic is my home.’

Nico Williams’ Euro 2024 heroics have placed him on the radars of Europe’s top teams

He put in a man-of-the-match performance in Spain's 1-0 victory over Italy on Thursday

He put in a man-of-the-match performance in Spain’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Thursday

Williams’ comments are likely to have been reassuring to Athletic fans as much as their president, Jon Uriarte, who stated the club remain calm about their winger’s future.

‘The interest is normal but Nico is very happy in Bilbao,’ Uriarte said. ‘We’re very happy with him. We’re not worried.’

Performances at the Euros will have certainly have elevated his stock among Europe’s elite.

His domestic form throughout the 2023-24 LaLiga season also suggests the winger’s quality is no flash-in-the-pan.

Williams finished last season with eight goals and 16 assists in 32 appearances, and helped Athletic Bilbao to a fifth-placed finish, and most importantly, their first Copa del Rey in 40 years.

This form reportedly made him Barcelona coach ‘Xavi Hernandez’s first choice for left wing next season’.

Williams provided eight goals and 16 assists in Athletic Bilbao's Copa-winning 2023-24 season

Williams provided eight goals and 16 assists in Athletic Bilbao’s Copa-winning 2023-24 season

He has a reported release clause of £47million, but has insisted he's happy at his parent club

He has a reported release clause of £47million, but has insisted he’s happy at his parent club

It is claimed the club’s sporting director, Deco, favours Liverpool’s Luis Diaz. 

Aston Villa had made an approach for the player last summer, and may do so again with the lure of Champions League football in this transfer window, as they look to build depth in the squad that took them to fourth place.

But it’s likely the Villains would face stiff competition from other Premier League teams also in the competition, such as Arsenal or Liverpool.

Chelsea are reportedly interested and may look to trigger Williams’ release clause.

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