‘We’re in Trouble’ ‘Everyone Just Rejecting Us’ Fans Worried As Report Makes Claim About £43M Chelsea Target

Chelsea transfer target Nico Williams could stay at Athletic Bilbao for one more season, according to Sport.

The Spanish international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with the Blues, Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa having been mentioned as potential destinations. However, after Athletic won the Copa Del Rey last Saturday, they are guaranteed European football next season, with Williams said to be keen on playing in continental competitions. Supporters on X are worried that Chelsea could lose out on the player:

Playing the Europa League final at home

Sport report that one of the motivations for remaining with Athletic would be to play a European final on their home ground. San Mames is scheduled to host the Europa League final in 2025.

Of course, with Athletic still in contention for Champions League qualification, that dream may not be realised anyway, but it does raise more questions about Williams’ interest in moving clubs this summer.

Chelsea can trigger Williams’ release clause

While persuading the player may be a challenge, the Blues will have no issues when it comes to agreeing a fee for the 21-year-old.

It has been reported by multiple sources that Williams has a buyout fee in his contract worth €50m (£43m), which makes him a very attainable target.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.