Athletic Bilbao stand firm on €55M release clause for Nico Williams amidst Barcelona interest

Published on: 16 May 2024

Athletic Bilbao has made it clear that they are unwilling to negotiate the transfer of their prized asset, Nico Williams, despite the growing interest from Spanish giants, Barcelona.

According to a report by Marca, the Basque club is demanding the full payment of the player's €55M release clause.

The 21-year-old winger has been a revelation for Athletic Bilbao this season, having played 28 games in La Liga, scoring four goals and providing an impressive 10 assists.

Nico Williams, who is the younger brother of fellow Athletic Bilbao player Inaki Williams, began his youth career at the club's academy in 2013 and was promoted to the reserve team in 2020. He made his professional debut for the club in 2021 and has since become a regular member of the team.

Nico's impressive performances have not gone unnoticed, and he has also represented Spain at the youth level, making his senior debut for the national team in 2023. His work rate and defensive contributions have been praised, making him a valuable asset to his team.

With his current market value estimated to be close to €60 million, it remains to be seen whether Barcelona or any other interested clubs will be willing to meet Athletic Bilbao's asking price for the highly-rated winger.