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Arsenal made aware of tempting £43m release clause for upcoming World Cup starlet with huge potential

Ben Stewart
Player of Spain Nico Williams fights for the ball with player of Germany Leon Goretzka

Arsenal have seemingly entered the race for upcoming Spanish starlet Nico Williams with his release clause having been revealed.

It is no secret that Mikel Arteta is keen to add to his squad in the January window. With Arsenal currently sitting top of the Premier League, they have a real chance in January to solidify their position.

Arteta has largely trusted the same group of players so far in the league. Eight players have started in all 14 of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far.

Martin Odegaard has proven to be their main source of goals, with six so far in the league.

The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have also chipped in with their fair share of goals.

Of course, Arsenal do have the returning Emile Smith Rowe to incorporate into the squad after the international break.

It was recently revealed that Athletic Bilbao starlet Williams has a release clause of around £43m in his contract.

Goal have reported that Arsenal are amongst the clubs who could be tempted by the release clause for the youngster.

In a short space of time the 20-year-old has already managed to have an impact at the World Cup.

The forward has been used as a second-half substitute in each of Spain’s opening matches and has racked up 45 minutes so far.

Luis Enrique involved the youngster in the Spain squad after an impressive few months for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.

In La Liga this season he has scored three goals and got three assists in 14 appearances.

He has predominantly played on the right-hand side for Bilbao and so Arsenal perhaps see him as an understudy to Saka in that position.

Other clubs are interested

It’s not just Arsenal who are interested in a deal for Williams as several clubs have been made aware of his release clause.

The report includes the likes of Liverpool, PSG and Chelsea who could also pursue a deal.

Arteta has hinted at the fact that he would ideally like ready-made players in January as they won’t have much time to adapt to the Premier League.

“The planning of that period is extremely difficult,” Arteta explained earlier in the month.

“First of all because we know the January window, how special it is, the opportunities that you have, the short window that you have. Once you get the player they are straight away competing, so there is not an adaption process.

“And obviously with the position that we are in right now as well, it demands as well another level of player – and that player has to be available. We will look at everything and let’s see what we can do.”

Williams has already showcased what he can do on the biggest stage with real glimpses of quality in the World Cup.

The Spanish international is an effective dribbler who likes to get plenty of shots away.

Considering Arsenal currently have the youngest squad in the Premier League, Williams would be a natural fit for their side.

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