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Nico Williams transfer deadline set as Barcelona president makes statement on Liverpool target

Nico Williams of Spain and Athletic Bilbao
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Barcelona chief Joan Laporta, has confidently declared that the Catalan club is financially equipped to snatch Nico Williams away from the clutches of Premier League clubs, with the winger reportedly eager to resolve his future swiftly.

Despite grappling with significant debts that limit their spending under La Liga's financial regulations, Laporta has affirmed Barcelona's capability to secure the signature of Athletic Bilbao's shining star Williams, who appears to have a preference for a Nou Camp tenure over a stint in the Premier League.

According to Sport, Williams is not entertaining offers from other suitors due to his laser-focused desire for a Barcelona move, even setting an informal deadline for the club, urging them to act before it's too late.

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The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool have all been linked with the Spanish international, who has turned heads at Euro 2024. It remains to be seen if any of these clubs would fork out his hefty $63m (£49m/€58m) release clause.

It is believed that Williams hasn't entirely dismissed the idea of playing in England but is giving Barcelona the first refusal on a transfer. In a candid chat with Catalunya Radio this week, Laporta reassured supporters about Barcelona's monetary strength to pursue the 21 year old hotshot, reports Football London.

"Economically speaking, we could commit to the signing of Nico Williams," Laporta stated. "Nico's a player I like, I like him a lot. We are working with [coach Hansi] Flick on possible signings."

"Now we have to leave [sporting director] Deco to close the operations we are working on. Shortly we will be able to announce some good news with regard to the financial [issues] and we will be back within La Liga's Fair Play limits. And that will allow further good news in terms of [signings]."

Speaking last month, Williams had said he would be content if he ended up staying at Athletic Bilbao. He told reporters: "I have already said that Bilbao is my home. I just renewed recently and I'm very very happy here."

Liverpool.com says: There has been plenty of speculation about Nico Williams' future in recent weeks, with the Spain star shining at Euro 2024. He is the caliber of player that Liverpool should be looking at but the Reds will not want to get dragged into a bidding war. If he wants Barcelona, and the La Liga giants can afford him, that should be the end of the speculation.