12 Feb 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Klopp ready to smash Liverpool transfer record and sign 'explosive' €50m attacker

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ready to pay a record transfer fee for one of La Liga's most coveted attackers.

According to The Mirror:

"Inaki Williams is contracted to Atletic Bilbao until 2021 but his deal contains a €50m buy-out clause, which Liverpool are considering activating".

Transfer Timeline:

* May 2016: The Guardian claimed: "Liverpool have scouted Williams in recent weeks".

* Oct 2016: Don Balon reported: "Liverpool are willing to pay €50m to get Williams. Klopp intends to make him 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.

* Bilbao: 20 goals/14 assists (34) in 93 games (One every 191 mins).

* This season: 11 goals/assists 32 games apps (One every 211 mins)

* 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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