Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in signing Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams.
Williams has been excellent for Athletic Club this season as they continue to compete for the UEFA Champions League places in La Liga. They are fifth, three points behind Atlético de Madrid. The winger has registered three goals and seven assists in 20 league games this campaign.
His performances have seen Williams attract the attention of top clubs in Europe, including the Premier League. Romano reported in his column Caught offside:
“Arsenal have sent their scouts several times to follow Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams, and the same goes for Chelsea. The race is completely open and so far there is nothing advanced with any of the clubs.
“In my opinion, he would be fantastic in the Premier League: a physical and technical player; very good.”
The attackers of both London teams have failed to impress this season. Arsenal’s main attacking trio of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli have combined to score just 17 Premier League goals between them this season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s core trio of Nicolas Jackson, Raheem Sterling and Mykhaylo Mudryk have contributed 15 league goals between them. Both teams are therefore looking to strengthen their attack in the summer and have added Williams to their short transfer list.
The 21-year-old came through Athletic Bilbao’s academy and has recorded 17 goals and 17 assists in 109 senior games for them.
Arsenal and Chelsea’s 2023-24 season so far
So far, the two sides have had a completely contrasting 2023-24 campaign. While Arsenal have performed excellently in the Premier League, Chelsea have shown their brilliance in the cup competitions.
The Gunners are once again fighting for the league title, after losing it by five points to Manchester City last season. They are third in the table, five points behind leaders Liverpool and with a game in hand against West Ham United on February 11.
Arsenal have also reached the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, where they will face FC Porto over two legs. However, they were eliminated from the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.
By contrast, Chelsea have reached the final of the EFL Cup, where they will face Liverpool on February 25. They also advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will host Leeds United. In the Premier League, however, the Blues are 11th, 18 points behind the Gunners.