Napoli keeping track of Bilbao’s Inaki Williams
Athletic Bilbao’s winger Inaki Williams is considered one of the most promising attackers among the emerging crop of players in European football.
A talented player like him never lacks suitors and without any exception, the Bilbao winger has also been approached by several big names over the last couple of seasons.
Italian giants Napoli has emerged as the new and prominent name in the list of his suitors. The side from the Southern part of the Italian peninsula is interested in him and has also approached the player according to the reports Corriere dello Sport.
According to sources, Cristiano Giuntoli, the Sporting Director of Napoli was in Madrid on Wednesday and had a meeting with the entourage of Inaki Williams. Although none disclosed anything officially but it is not thought to be just a normal gathering.
Iñaki Williams was born in the Basque province to a Ghanaian father and a Libyan mother and has both Basque and Spanish citizenship allowing him to play for the Los Leones and Spain.
The 22-year-old Bilbao Academy product has established himself as an important member of Valverde’s side over the last couple of years and has attracted the attention of many big clubs. He also made his debut for Spain last year and has scored 7 goals and provided 9 assists this season for Bilbao.
Napoli will get a tough competition in the pursuit of Williams from Liverpool. The Merseyside giants are also keeping a track of the player as Jurgen Klopp is at big admirer of him.
The Partenopei boss Maurizio Sarri plays his team int a 4-3-3 formation where Hamsik-Callejon-Insigne-Mertens form an attacking quadrangle upfront. But with the talismanic captain Marek Hamsik ageing gradually and Dries Mertens being approached by several big names, the Napoli manager is willing to include the Bilbao man to his squad.
But the Spanish winger has his release clause set at €50 million while Napoli will not agree to pay such an amount. They will soon initiate talks with the La Liga outfit regarding the minimization of the transfer fee if possible. Giuntoli and Co. He is not ready to spend more than €25 million on the player.
With Liverpool already in the chase and the notorious past regarding the transfer of Bilbao players to other clubs, landing the player at Stadio San Paolo is not going to be an easy assignment by any means for Napoli.