close
close

Liverpool ‘pay full release clause’ to ‘knock out’ Barcelona in top flight race as Reds ‘listen to offers’ for star

Liverpool ‘pay full release clause’ to ‘knock out’ Barcelona in top flight race as Reds ‘listen to offers’ for star

Luis Diaz’s potential departure from Liverpool could “open the door” for Nico Williams to arrive at Anfield, according to reports.

The Reds were linked with a number of wingers during the summer transfer window, with their interest in Newcastle United’s Anthony Gordon ending at the weekend.

Liverpool interest reportedly left Gordon’s ‘head in a mess’ as he was denied a dream move from the Magpies to the Reds.

It is understood that “no offer has been made and it is obvious from these conversations that Liverpool wouldn’t meet the test’, but the England international ‘thought he had a chance of joining his boyhood club’.

But Liverpool could now be ready to move on to another winger, with reports in Spain claiming Liverpool will “pay the full release clause” for Athletic Bilbao’s Williams amid interest from Barcelona, ​​Arsenal and Chelsea.

Liverpool will ‘knock out’ Barcelona in the race for Williams as they ‘interfere’ in the Catalan giants’ negotiations and ‘get the player (Hansi) Flick wanted’.

Williams’ arrival would be to “cover the likely vacancy left by Luis Díaz if his sale is confirmed”, with the Colombian’s possible exit allowing Liverpool to rekindle their interest in the Athletic Bilbao winger.

His wage demands had already proven excessive for the Premier League side, with Liverpool entering “reactivation talks to sign the Athletic Club player” after watching his positive performances at Euro 2024.

Williams is ‘asking’ for £300,000-a-week but ‘the big difficulty they are facing is that the footballer would rather play for Barca’.

Barcelona’s financial situation could mean they have to put aside their interest in Williams and give Liverpool the edge as they look to strengthen their squad.

MORE LIVERPOOL COVERAGE ON F365…
👉 England star’s ‘head is a mess’ after being ‘denied his dream’ from Newcastle to Liverpool
👉 Fenerbahce ‘make bid’ for £85m Liverpool star as Mourinho eyes ‘transfer of the year’
👉 Liverpool man ‘desperate’ to leave given £25m valuation as Slot seeks £65m in player sales

Football Insider also brought news that Liverpool will ‘listen to offers’ for Diaz this summer and that the Colombian ‘could be signed away from Anfield during the off-season amid interest from Europe’s top clubs’.

The report adds: “Diaz could be the casualty if Liverpool’s new transfer committee manages to bring a new winger to the club this summer.”

Charles Watts, who has covered Arsenal for years, recently gave an update on the likelihood of Williams making a move to the Premier League this summer amid interest from the Gunners.

Watts wrote in his Caught offside column: “If Nico Williams wasn’t already in the shop window before Euro 2024, then he certainly is now.

“The Athletic Club winger has been electrifying for Spain and understandably there are now plenty of people talking about him as a potential transfer target this summer.

“Arsenal are admirers of the 21-year-old, but so are many other top clubs across Europe and that interest will only increase as the tournament progresses.

“On paper, Williams’ release clause of around £50m looks very attractive, but as far as I can tell it’s not quite that simple.

“You have to remember that release clauses in Spain have to be paid in full and that makes deals very expensive as clubs cannot spread the transfer fee over the course of the contract as they usually do.

“But in Williams’ case, wages are also understood to be a very significant issue. Athletic Club are big payers. They have to be to ensure they keep their squad together, given the unique way the club operates.

“So Williams is earning good money and interested clubs are said to have been surprised at the wages he would be willing to transfer for this summer.”