Aston Villa: Potential Nico Williams boost emerges
Aston Villa have been boosted in their pursuit of Athletic Bilbao youngster Nico Williams, with a new report claiming he could leave the La Liga club.
The Lowdown: Villa linked with Williams move
The 20-year-old was linked with a move to Villa Park in the January transfer window, with Unai Emery seeing him as someone who could bolster his squad.
Williams ended up staying put at Bilbao for the foreseeable future, however, where he has scored and assisted four times apiece in the league so far this season.
His current contract expires at the end of next season, though, so this summer could potentially see him move on.
The Latest: Villans receive boost
According to Estadio Deportivo [via Sport Witness], a ‘dizzying’ offer from Villa could be enough to snap up Williams from Bilbao this summer.
The Spanish club’s latest contract offer ‘doesn’t convince’ the attacker to stay put and his exit now ‘doesn’t seem far off’.
The Verdict: Great summer option
This is good news for Villa, with Williams clearly unsure over his future at Bilbao and weighing up the possibility of a fresh challenge elsewhere.
The young Spaniard could be a brilliant summer signing by Emery, having been hailed as ‘incredible’ by his brother and teammate Inaki Williams.
At 20, Williams would be a long-term acquisition, providing depth in wide areas, but one goal for Spain and 17 goal contributions for Bilbao outline his potential.