A potential successor to Mohamed Salah, valued at £42 million, is reportedly nearing a transfer agreement amidst interest from Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Reports indicate that Nico Williams, a target for Liverpool, could be available for transfer this summer, with his representatives reportedly indicating his readiness to make a move.

Williams has been with Athletic Bilbao throughout his senior career, having joined the club at the age of 11 in 2013. He has progressed through the academy ranks and has been a key player for the first team over the last three years, contributing significantly to their pursuit of European football this season.

Having garnered attention with three goals and six assists in the league, Williams has attracted interest from top European clubs, including Liverpool and Aston Villa, who attempted to sign him last summer. According to HITC, the young forward is prepared to make a move, and potential suitors have been informed of his availability.

It’s reported that Williams has a release clause of €50 million (£42.5 million) in his contract with Athletic Club, and the club is unlikely to accept a lower fee, with the player’s contract running until 2027. Other clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham are also monitoring the situation closely.

Liverpool, looking to bolster their wide options amid uncertainties surrounding Mohamed Salah’s future, view Williams as a potential successor. However, Williams, a natural right-footer, typically plays on the left for Athletic Club. Nevertheless, Liverpool’s interest in the young forward persists, and speculation is expected to increase as the summer approaches, particularly if Salah’s contract situation remains unresolved.

Liverpool’s decision to pursue Williams may depend on the incoming manager, with Jurgen Klopp set to depart at the end of the season after nine years in charge. Xabi Alonso is reportedly the preferred choice, but he is also attracting interest from other clubs. Other potential candidates include Roberto De Zerbi from Brighton and Ruben Amorim from Sporting CP.

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