Chelsea star openly trying to persuade Nico Williams to snub $60m Liverpool transfer

Nico Williams of Spain has attracted attention from a host of leading European clubs after his showings for club and country
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Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella appears to be doing the groundwork for Todd Boehly after admitting he is trying to convince rumored Liverpool target Nico Williams to sign for the Blues.

The Athletic Bilbao winger is one of the hottest properties on the market currently, with his impressive performances for Spain at Euro 2024 strengthening his standing further this summer. The 21-year-old winger has been a mainstay for his country at the tournament, with his display versus Georgia demonstrating his talents as he scored and provided an assist in a 4-1 win.

The 17-time international's form at both club and international level means that Liverpool and Chelsea among the sides keeping an eye on the player's availability this summer, as per Sport. While the player's preference is said to be for a move to Barcelona, it remains to be seen whether the Camp Nou giants could afford his $59m (€55million/ £46.5m) release clause.

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When it comes to the package that Chelsea can offer the right-winger, it has been reported that they could offer the player as much as $22m (€20m/ £16.9m) as a signing on fee. In a blow to Liverpool's chances of landing the forward, it appears that compatriot Cucurella has been in the starlet's ear about a potential move to Stamford Bridge while the pair have been in the Spanish camp at Euro 2024.

According to Sport, the defender said that he has relished playing alongside the youngster for their national team, saying: "He is a great player, he is bringing out all his potential. It is a source of pride that he is on our team, that he is our teammate and with players like him everything is easier.

"He would be a great signing [for Barcelona], but it all depends on what he wants. I’ve been telling him to sign for Chelsea," he continued, as he confessed his desire to lure the ace to West London. "In the end everything depends on him, he is very young, with a lot of experience. I think he will be a great player."

Nico Williams impressed for Spain versus Georgia, scoring in the last 16 clash at Euro 2024
Nico Williams impressed for Spain versus Georgia, scoring in the last 16 clash at Euro 2024 -Credit:Getty

Either way, Williams has been resolute in maintaining his focus on his international commitments for now, saying: "Everything that comes from outside is good, it means I’m doing my job well. Every kid dreams of being noticed by big clubs. I’m focused on doing well at the European Championship and whatever comes after that I’ll find out because these days I’m totally disconnected."

Likewise, he also informed AS that he is not paying much attention to any speculation linking him with a move away from boyhood club Bilbao at this stage. In a telling remark, he asserted: "I said that I didn’t want to know anything about what comes from outside, about signings or stories.

"They know what I am like, the personality I have, and I don’t like to know because I get distracted easily. I prefer to focus on one thing and go for it. Because if one thing or another comes to me, in the end my head doesn’t work very well. My agent, my parents and my family know me perfectly and they know that I don’t want to hear anything until the Euros are over."