Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG has sent the football world into a tizzy. Not only did the move shatter the world transfer record, it will also has major repercussions on other moves that will take place this summer. Barcelona is now looking for ways to replace the Brazilian and have reportedly set their sights on Borussia Dortmund’s Ousame Dembele and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho who could fill the role nicely. If either of these moves were to happen it could affect Athletic Club’s Iñaki Williams.
Both BVB and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Iñaki Williams in the past and would likely turn their attention to him again if they lose one of their stars to Barcelona. The 23-year-old is fast, powerful, smart, and can score goals. He’s everything a club wants in a winger or forward. There is no doubt that signing Williams would be a great replacement for either club, but as things stand it doesn’t look like it would actually happen and that should give Athletic fans joy.
Iñaki Williams has been very vocal about his desire to stay at Athletic Club. On more than a few occasions he has said that he wants to become a legend at the San Mamés and be a hero to the fans. He is already doing this now by spending time with fans after games and always being willing to take pictures after training sessions. He has really endeared himself to the Athletic Club fans and is becoming something of a talisman for the Basque giants. To make matters even more clear, he had the chance to join Liverpool a year ago but chose to extend his contract with Athletic and raise his release clause to €50 million in the process.
If Liverpool or BVB do really want to sign Williams they will have to pay his release clause as Athletic never negotiate the selling of players. That means that they would have to convince the 23-year-old to make the move which seems extremely difficult given his constant statements about wanting to play at his boyhood club for “many years to come”. This preseason Iñaki has looked very strong and sharp playing as a right-winger or as the front striker. He looks to be in fine form heading into the new season and will likely be one of Athletic’s leading scorers and most dominant attackers. His future at the San Mamés looks bright and, as things stand, he doesn’t plan on going anywhere.