Arsenal ready to trigger Nico Williams release clause

Premier League heavyweights Arsenal are ready to cough up the release clause of €58 million to sign Nico Williams from Athletic Club.

According to a report by Caught Offside, Nico Williams is the subject of interest from Arsenal. The Gunners are keen on signing the Athletic Club winger by triggering the release clause worth €58 million in his contract. Meanwhile, the Spanish international is also a target for Barcelona, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

Nico Williams has become a hot property in the market after an exception 2023/24 campaign. The Spaniard contributed to 27 goals in 37 appearances across all competitions, finding the back of the net eight times while providing 19 assists. Meanwhile, the 21-year-old has alerted several highly-rated clubs, including Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool, with his exploits for the Basque outfit.

A man in demand

Widespread reports have heavily linked the Spanish international with Barcelona. The young attacker is reportedly ready to wait for the Blaugrana if they cannot secure his services in the summer transfer window. So, that poses a problem for his Premier League suitors. Meanwhile, Barcelona will look to replace Ferran Torres and Raphinha with Williams.

Recent reports have pointed to Chelsea being ready to trigger the release clause worth €58 million to secure Nico Williams’s services in the summer transfer window. Arsenal will also have the same stance, with the North London club willing to cough up €58 million to sign him from Athletic Club.

Arsenal’s interest in Nico Williams stems from Mikel Arteta’s desire to have two top-class options for every position. As for Chelsea, they have identified the Spaniard as a top target after losing the race to sign Michael Olise. As for Liverpool, Arne Slot has approved the move for the young winger.

Amid uncertainties surrounding the long-term futures of Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah, Williams can be a long-term solution in the final third for Liverpool. However, the 21-year-old attacker’s wage demands pose a problem for his Premier League suitors amid concerns surrounding the Profit and Sustainability Rules.

With Williams ready to wait for Barcelona, it will be interesting to see if Arsenal can turn the player’s head if they trigger his release clause of €58 million. Chelsea and Liverpool will also observe the situation before potentially launching the offensive.

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