Nico Williams: Real Madrid feel confident of beating Barcelona in race for Spain forward

Nico Williams has significant interest from Europe’s elite clubs and his future at Athletic Club remains up in the air.

Real Madrid have joined arch-rivals Barcelona and other Premier League clubs in the race to sign the 21-year-old. As reported by AS, Williams is attracted most by the idea of playing for Los Blancos.

Due to the contract of the Athletic player expiring in seven months, many clubs are keeping a close eye on the situation and these clubs will be able to negotiate with the player in January if he rejects contract proposals in Bilbao.

The Pamplona-born forward has confirmed himself that the big four clubs in the Premier League as well as Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have shown interest in him, however it was Barca who made the first approach to the player.

Despite this, Barca’s delicate financial situation will make it difficult to compete with the other outfits, although they will likely try to sell the idea of Xavi’s project in hope that they can convince the player.

Madrid are in a much better position and could even explore the possibility of activating the €50m release clause in the winger’s current contract. The hierarchy at Madrid believe Williams is an interesting option at the price as the club look to add to their crop of young talents. The Spanish outfit are also impressed with William’s standing in the Spain national team, as at just 21 years old he has established himself as a crucial part of Luis de la Fuente’s plans.

Williams has already communicated his desire to not leave on a free, hence his willingness to renew, however, this is only on the condition that his release clause is not increased.

Rajan Sangha | GSFN

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