19 Apr 2017

Record Transfer: Guillem Balague confirms 'Liverpool' want to sign 'explosive' €50m attacker

Liverpool continue to be linked with 'explosive' Athletic Bilboa attacker Inaki Williams, and according to Spanisg pundit Guillem Balague, Klopp's interest is genuine.

On Tuesday, Spanish newspaper Marca claimed:

"Liverpool have been in touch with Bilbao to offer them the release clause [€50m] for Williams".

When asked yesterday if there's a 'possibility' that Liverpool will sign Williams this summer, Balague told Sky Sports:

"He [Williams] was followed by Liverpool and has a €50m buyout clause. He is in no rush, but he is certainly looking abroad should he move".

Williams - who is nicknamed 'La Pantera' (The Panther): appears to have all the attributes required of a (potentially) top-class attacker (strong, fast, skillful etc), but according to Balague:

"I'm not sure any team would be willing to pay that [€50m buyout clause] right now because he has not proved that valuation".

Spot on. Williams' creative return - especially this season - is average, and nowhere near worth €50m:

* Bilbao: 23 goals/15 assists (38) in 105 games (One every 198 mins).

* This season: 15 goals/assists 43 apps (One every 215 mins)

If Liverpool are genuinely willing to break the club's transfer record for a player with such average stats, then there's a serious problem somewhere.

For €50m+, Klopp should be signing a player with a Suarez-esque type goals/assist record; Williams is merely Lallana-esque, which is not good enough to take the team to the next level.

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