Atlético Madrid Eye Athletic Club Duo Yeray And Iñaki Williams
Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin, and Juanfran have come to the end of their Atlético Madrid careers and the result will send shockwaves throughout football. Diego Simeone’s side is in for a rebuilding this summer and Sporting Director Andrea Berta is looking to bring in several new players to usher in the next era at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Strengthening the defense will be the top priority during the transfer window and there are several options being considered. One player that has caught the eye of Atlético is Athletic star Yeray who currently has a release clause of just €30 million. The Colchoneros are said to be willing to meet that price, but there is no guarantee that Yeray would accept an offer.
Throughout his career Yeray has been dedicated to Athletic. The Zurigorri have helped him through two battles with cancer and are also his boyhood club. Furthermore, Yeray and Athletic have been in renewal talks for a few weeks now and both sides want to get a deal done before preseason training begins on 4 July. Signing a new contract would significantly raise the 24-year-old’s wages and release clause while also ruling out any move away from San Mamés.
Yeray isn’t the only Athletic star that has caught the attention of Atlético. According to a report from Jorge Garcia of AS, Breda has also enquired about striker Iñaki Williams who is coming off of his best season where he scored 15 goals. Williams currently has a release clause of €88 million and recently rejected an offer from Liverpool who were prepared to match that fee.
It comes as no surprise that Atlético would be interested in the Lezama products. Both had fantastic years in La Liga last season and are still young with room to improve. Despite the interest, Athletic have no plans to part with either player and view both as integral to the current squad as well as the future of the team.
You never know what will happen in football, but at the moment both are expected to continue at San Mamés. Yeray is moving closer to a renewal and Iñaki has already turned down other offers as his goal is to become a legend at Athletic. Yeray and Iñaki are pillars of the Athletic team and the fact that they have caught the attention of other clubs shows just how good they have been for the Zurigorri.