Nico Williams Athletic Bilbao
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Nico Williams is grabbing a lot of eyeballs during the ongoing European Championship and according to Fabrizio Romano, a series of top clubs wish to sign him.

Barcelona have been long linked with the Bilbao winger but apart from the Catalans, Premier League sides Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have also shown an interest in the winger.

He has said on X: “Several clubs have asked for informations on Nico Williams in the recent months, even before the Euros.

“Chelsea had him on shortlist already last summer then they wanted Palmer; Arsenal and Liverpool discussed Nico few months ago. Barcelona keep Nico on their shortlist.”

Will Nico Williams be a good enough fit at Barcelona?

Nico Williams has come up through the ranks at Bilbao and this past season, he had 19 goal contributions in just 31 La Liga matches and out of these, 14 were assists.

In this campaign, he has an xA of 7.49 along with an xG of 6.02 from just 19 shots on target and a passing accuracy of 80%. In 2280 minutes of league football, the 21-year-old made 45 successful crosses plus he also created 47 chances.

Currently, Barcelona have only one left winger in the form of Ferran Torres so any day, Nico Williams will be a superb upgrade to the 24-year-old. The right win is sorted with Lamine Yamal and if Deco can help bring in Williams then Hansi Flick’s Barcelona will have one of the most promising attacks next season.

Can Barcelona overcome Premier League challenges to sign the winger?

If Nico Williams can have a good enough Euro then his stocks will rise even further and it will be almost impossible for Barcelona to bring him on board.

Williams has a €58 million release clause which is a bit tricky for Barcelona considering their current financial condition and even if they can trigger the release clause, they won’t be able to afford his wage demands.

The winger currently earns around €200,000 per week at Bilbao and as per rumours, he is going to demand a major salary upgrade from whichever club that wishes to land him. Because Bilbao have a policy of using only players born in the Basque Country, the club can afford to pay handsome salaries to their players but this policy is going to be the major stumbling block for Barcelona.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool can all afford to pay €300,000 to 350,000 to Nico Williams but we doubt if Barcelona can make such commitments.

Should Barcelona shift their focus on Luis Diaz?

Apart from Nico Williams, Liverpool’s Luis Diaz is another left-winger who is on Barcelona’s wishlist and the Colombian international is very keen to play under Hansi Flick next season.

Unlike Nico Williams, Barcelona won’t have to go out and convince Diaz to join them but they will first have to convince Liverpool to agree on a sale and then they will have to shell out at least €80 million for the winger.

Some experts are claiming that Luis Diaz will try and push for a move to Camp Nou but if the Catalans are struggling to pay €58 million for Nico Williams, we just can’t imagine them paying €80-85 million for the Liverpool man.