Atletico Madrid are exploring the possibility of signing Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams, according to reports in Spain.
The forward has long been linked with Liverpool with manager Jurgen Klopp a long-term admirer of the Spain international, who was mooted as a potential signing prior to their capture of Mohamed Salah in the summer of 2017.
However, any swoop for Williams will not come cheap. The once-capped striker signed a new contract with Athletic Club earlier this year, which set his exit fee at an initial €80m, though the arrangement will steadily rise to €108million.
And Don Balon claims Atleti boss Diego Simeone is keen to strike while the release clause is at its lowest, with the Spanish outlet speculating the capital club could launch a move for the forward as early as January.
News of their interest could yet trigger Klopp into action, with the Liverpool boss still seeking a quality back-up option in attack.
Currently Daniel Sturridge is the preferred replacement for one of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino, but Williams has always been on the German’s radar as a potential recruit for the Merseysiders and the club will no doubt monitor developments with interest.
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