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Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in signing Athletic Bilbao winger

Arsenal and Chelsea currently have Nico Williams on their summer wishlist, according to The Athletic.

The 21-year-old is one of the best wingers in La Liga. He had a superb 2023/24 campaign with Athletic Bilbao, scoring eight goals and providing 19 assists from 37 appearances.

The Spaniard has carried over his form to the European Championship. He was largely responsible for Italy’s own goal and was unlucky to hit the woodwork with a sublime shot.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta sees him as one of his preferred options if the club moves for a wide player during the summer transfer window.

Williams would be a statement signing for Arsenal

Williams predominantly played from the left wing for Athletic last season.

However, he is also comfortable operating on the other flank. Williams registered seven goals and six assists from the right wing in 2022/23.

Williams would be a statement signing for the Gunners due to his immense potential.

The Spaniard averaged almost three take-ons per game last term. He also worked hard defensively with an average of 4.2 recoveries and 5.2 duels won on average.

Arteta could see him as a potential deputy for Bukayo Saka on the right wing.

Williams could also get the opportunity to push for a starting berth in the Premier League ahead of Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli on the left flank.

He currently has an affordable release clause worth £47 million. His wages are already at £169,000 per week, but Arsenal could convince him with £200,000 weekly.

The big question remains whether Williams would be willing to accept a reduced role with the Gunners, having been an undisputed starter for his boyhood club.

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