It’s not rare for Arsenal to be linked with a player in the middle of contract talks, and we all know why.
Agents say Arsenal are interested in their clients to encourage their clubs to offer better deals, and it feels like the current rumours linking the Gunners with Inaki Williams are no different.
Allegedly the fastest player ever clocked in La Liga, Williams has had something of a breakthrough season for Athletic Club. The 21-year-old scored once in 19 La Liga appearances last season, and has followed it up with six goals in 13 league appearances so far in 2015/16.
Not just pacey, Williams is intelligent and good technically, he has played wide and down the middle for the Spanish side this year. Though he’s still clearly a raw talent (he can be sloppy in possession), Williams is obviously very talented and his release clause reportedly means he’s available for around £15m.
However, that isn’t quite true. It’s £15m before tax, meaning a transfer would cost around £20m. Arsenal already have Danny Welbeck supposedly closing in on a return to fitness, as well as Alexis Sánchez, Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell. Add in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and maybe even Aaron Ramsey and it begins to feel like a wide forward is a long way from the top of Arsène Wenger’s January wish list.
Williams couls yet move to Anfield, with Liverpool also allegedly showing interest in him, but a safer bet would be the suggestion that rich English clubs are being used to strengthen his position when negotiating a new deal.