‘£300K A Week Will Create Havoc’ ‘If We Don’t, I’m Sure Liverpool Will’ Arsenal Fans Discuss Paying Spaniard’s Buyout Fee

‘£300K A Week Will Create Havoc’ ‘If We Don’t, I’m Sure Liverpool Will’ Arsenal Fans Discuss Paying Spaniard’s Buyout Fee

Arsenal are believed to be one of many clubs considering a move for Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams.

Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the Spanish international who has lit up the European Championships with his performances for his country.


Williams reportedly has a €58m (£49m) release clause in his contract but, when fans on X were asked whether the Gunners should pay it, opinions were split right down the middle:

Williams’ wage demands are a massive obstacle

After signing a new contract with Athletic back in December, the 21-year-old is now earning €200,000 a week. That means it’s almost certain that he would demand even more than that from Arsenal if they do trigger his buyout clause.

Consequently, Williams could end up being paid more than Bukayo Saka and William Saliba, who only signed new deals last year. That could cause some friction in the dressing room.

Are Arsenal targeting any other wingers?

PSV Eindhoven’s Johan Bakayoko has also been linked with a switch to the Emirates, while Crystal Palace’s Ebereche Eze is said to be a player who is on the club’s radar as well.

Currently, the focus is getting a deal over the line for Bologna centre-half Riccardo Calafiori. The Gunners may have to pay upwards of €50m (£42m) to secure the player’s signature.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.