In a context in which the free agent market is more and more frequented by the big clubs (especially Barça), rumors have arised that Nico Williams could leave Athletic Club the upcoming summer, as his contract will run out. According to many media outlets, the ‘azulgrana’ board would have taken notice of the situation and added the name of the Spaniard on their list.
Williams is a right-footed winger that usually playes on the side of his strong foot, although he is no stranger to the left wing. It is the case of a very quick and dynamic player who excels at dribbling.
In addition, he is 21 years old and the contract with his current team ends next summer, what makes him a very interesting option for a plethora of clubs. In spite of his young age, he is close to 100 games played with Athletic’s senior squad and has appeared in six matches with the absolute Spanish national team.
Barça, who have become experts when it comes to free transfers, is closely monitoring the situation according to journalists like Adrián Sánchez, from Más Que Pelotas and Alfredo Martínez, from Sport.
He is a player with more than enough quality to play a role in Xavi’s roster and his profile has become quite hard to find in worldwide football. Williams also has a great relationship with Lamine Yamal, Alejandro Balde and Ansu Fati, which would help a potential adaptation process to the locker room.
When it comes to his fit on the squad, Nico Williams could play in both wings, with his preferred one being the right. Although, at the moment, the culé attack is complete, if any player was to leave Barça should look into signing the winger of Ghanaian ascent.
Considering that players like Raphinha, Ferrán Torres and Ansu Fati have been looked down upon as a result of their insufficient performances (on spite of the great start to the season the Valencian has had), the Culés could consider favoring a departure to make room for Nico.
In the financial side of the deal, there is no doubt that the arrival of Athletic Club’s attacker would be very positive, as he would be brought in free of charge. At the same time, as Nico still has to completely mature as a player, his contractual demands may not be excessive.
Translated by Nuño Alonso.
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