Liverpool perform transfer U-turn for £49m star wanted by Chelsea after boost emerges

Nico Williams has been linked with Liverpool
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Liverpool have reportedly re-entered the race to sign Athletic Bilbao star Nico Williams.

Williams is currently enjoying a successful tournament with Spain at Euro 2024. The forward helped his country beat hosts Germany on Friday night to reach the semi-final of the competition, where they will now face France for a spot in the final.

Reports earlier this year claimed that Liverpool were interested in signing Williams. Since then, though, the rumours have quietened down due to the increased likelihood of Williams remaining in Spain, either with Bilbao or moving to Barcelona.

However, a fresh report has emerged suggesting that things may have changed when it comes to Williams' future. According to Spanish news outlet El Nacional, Liverpool have "reactivated" their interest in signing Williams this summer.

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The report states that Liverpool and Barcelona are the only two clubs in the race to sign Williams, with Chelsea withdrawing their interest. It has also been suggested that new Barcelona boss Hansi Flick has doubts about signing Williams this summer, suggesting Liverpool could have an advantage.

Barcelona are widely reported to be showing an interest in signing Luis Diaz, leading to suggestions that the Reds have returned to Bilbao to try and line Williams up as his replacement. Williams is reported to have a €58 million (£49 million) release clause in his contract, a fee that Liverpool are apparently willing to pay.

Williams is not the only wide forward to be linked with a move to Liverpool during this summer transfer window. Juventus star Federico Chiesa and Newcastle United winger Anthony Gordon have both been credited as possible targets for the Reds, with the rumour mill seemingly suggesting that a new wide forward could be on the agenda for the Anfield hierarchy.