Liverpool’s ongoing pursuit of Alex Teixeira may have taken our eye off other targets, with young Spanish striker Inaki Williams having signed a bumper contract extension with Athletic Bilbao, the Guardian reports.
This means his release clause has increased, from a previously reported bargain fee.
“Athletic Club and Iñaki Williams have signed the renewal agreement by which the player will remain in the club until 30 June 2021,” read a statement on Athletic’s website. “The cancellation clause will be €50m.”
Previously, Williams had a release clause which acquainted to roughly £15m, and Liverpool were credited with serious interest via the Guardian.
The 21-year-old has been superb in Spain so far this season, scoring ten goals in total, all the more impressive considering he’s been starting on the right wing.
Our top scorer is Christian Benteke with seven goals in all competitions, and with the Belgian not even an automatic selection, the thought is that Jurgen Klopp needs to strengthen his options in the final third this January.
Williams’ potential price-tag will now have magnified with the new deal, so it’s unlikely we’ll spend big money on him when he’s only really halfway through his breakthrough season.
Teixeira on the other hand has been proving himself for years both in Ukraine and in Europe, and at 26-years-old, is the perfect age to come in and make an immediate impact.