Marca reports that Liverpool are so on edge about the future of Philippe Coutinho that Jurgen Klopp has offered Athletic Bilbao the €50 million release clause for winger Inaki Williams.
Liverpool have been repeatedly linked with Inaki Williams over the past year or so. Jurgen Klopp is said to be a fan of the Athletic Club Bilbao player, and the Spanish media have continually insisted Liverpool have a big desire to sign him.
The 22 year old has played mainly as an attacking midfielder on the right this season for Athletic, and has scored 7 goals, as well as providing 6 assists. Spanish newspaper Marca report that Liverpool are one of a number of clubs who ‘have already launched’ efforts to sign the player, so far with no luck.
Williams has a release clause of €50m and he wouldn’t be leaving Bilbao for a Euro less than that. It works out to be around £42.3m, but Liverpool wouldn’t have to worry about the complicated tax system any longer.
The pacy attacker recently told Marca: “I’m proud to be able to come here every day. I’m happy to be interested in big teams, but I’m in the biggest and I want to do a career for many years.
“The best have to be here and I have them by my side. I think we are all happy to be in Athletic and I do not think any of my team-mates will leave.”
With manager Ernesto Valverde’s future at the club still uncertain, Williams says he and his teammates do not wonder who their next boss will be.
“He is a great coach, the club and fans are very happy with him. We still do not think about who will be the next coach.”
In October Spain’s General Directorate of Taxes passed a resolution which means players aren’t liable for tax if forced to pay their own release clause.
Whilst that would be a boost for Liverpool, €50m is still a big fee, and Klopp would first have to convince Williams, who has repeatedly stated how happy he is at the Basque club.