21 Oct 2016

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool ready to pay €50m to sign 'explosive' attacker

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ready to break Liverpool's transfer record in January.

Earlier this year, The Guardian claimed that Liverpool were interested in signing Athletic Bilbao star Iñaki Williams, and according to Spanisn newspaper Don Balon this week:

"Liverpool are willing to pay up to €50m to get Williams. Klopp intends to make Williams his 'new Aubameyang'.

Some info about 22-year old Williams, who is nicknamed 'La Pantera' (The Panther):

* Right winger, who can also play on the left, or as a striker. Plays as a centre-forward for Spain's U21 side. Current deal expires: 2021.

* Fastest player in La Liga. Broke the record last season after recording a speed of 22.2 MPH during a 1-1 draw with Deportivo.

* 16 goals/8 assists (24) in 70 games for Bilbao (1 every 199 minutes). This season: 1 goals/2 assist 11 games.

* Ex-Red Mikel San Jose's assessment: "His [Williams'] performances are very good. We knew about his potential but we didn't expect him to perform so well so soon".

* Feb 2015: Became Bilbao's first black goalscorer in the club's 117-year history.

* Nov 2015: Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde raved: "He [Williams] came as striker, but he can play as winger. He has self-confidence, can score a goal, and is very explosive. He will be a great player."

Williams appears to have all the attributes required of a (potentially) top-class striker: tall, strong, fast, skillful etc. Then again, the same description applies to Divock Origi, and he is a long way off being prolific enough to replace Sturridge. In any event, Williams' creative return - especially this season - is merely average, and nowhere near worth €50m.


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