Barcelona need reinforcements, and there has been a lot of talk about signing a defensive midfielder, but they also need a left winger urgently. These are the priorities that the board has established, but there are some problems. The first is economic, so the team cannot maneuver too much and has to do what it can.
This has not stopped them from setting goals, and Nico Williams has been one of the most talked about in recent weeks. The Athletic Bilbao player is one of the best young players in the club and La Liga at the moment. The conflict is that they can only sign him if he leaves as a free agent in the summer.
These last few months have been full of rumors about the possible signing of the Pamplona native. Recently, it was assured that the Catalan club had already reached an agreement with the player, and that it was close to signing him. In fact, Barça Universal reports that they have contacted his circle to discuss the possibility of a transfer.
While these alleged conversations are taking place, negotiations are also underway between the left winger and the Bilbao club for a contract extension.
The problem is that these negotiations have not advanced, as the club wants to tie him down with a very high release clause and a long-term extension. Staying with the team for much longer is not in Williams’ plans.
𝗠𝗮𝗻̃𝗮𝗻𝗮. Os esperamos en San Mamés.
— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) November 9, 2023
Is the signing possible?
The only way for the Catalan club to sign Williams is if he leaves for free in the summer. If the player decides to renew with Athletic Bilbao, everything would be lost. We know that the economy at Barcelona is not the best, so they cannot make too many moves.
In addition, it is expected that the conditions of the new contract will be restrictive. So, if it happens, the club can officially say goodbye to the possibility that he will ever come.