Both Manchester United And Liverpool Want To Sign Nico Williams

The Premier League season may have come to a temporary halt because of the World Cup in Qatar. But already, the rumour mill is in full swing ahead of the winter transfer window, which will be just days away when the domestic season restarts. And one player, in particular, Nico Williams, is attracting a lot of attention.

Over the years, it’s often been the case of Manchester United and Liverpool, who are serious rivals, battling it out for players. And the two giants of English football are set to go head-to-head for Athletic Bilbao winger Williams, who happens to be one of the hottest properties in world football right now. While it’s unclear if signing the wide player will affect Premier League betting on who will win the title, he’s certain to be a great addition to either team if they can get a deal over the line.

Manchester United look rejuvenated under Eric ten Hag, and the Dutchman is once again proving he’s adept at developing younger players, giving them opportunities, and helping them to find their feet in the first team, with Alejandro Garnacho a prime example. United have always been keen to invest in younger talents too, and the finances to make a deal like this happen shouldn’t be too much of a problem, even though United, like Liverpool, is up for sale and open to investment.

With how ten Hag wants his United side to play, wingers are incredibly important. So Nico Williams would fit right in. While the young Spaniard has plied his trade predominantly down the right during his fledgling career, he could also play over on the left, which would be appealing to the United boss, who likes to swap his wide players over during games.

At this stage, with Cristiano Ronaldo having just departed, it's likely attention will switch to bringing a striker to play centrally. So any move for Williams would potentially happen in the summer rather than immediately after the World Cup, where the twenty-year-old is currently involved with Spain.

Liverpool are said to have been admirers of Williams for longer, and if anyone is going to make a move for the winger in the near future, it will be Jurgen Klopp’s outfit. Again, like ten Hag, Klopp has a reputation for developing young players, and this will appeal to Williams, who may be ready to take the next step in his career and move to one of the world’s biggest clubs.

And also, like United, Liverpool’s wide players are integral to all the recent success they’ve enjoyed, and as a right winger, he could be earmarked to replace Mo Salah eventually. This in itself could be crucial in landing Williams and may give Liverpool the edge in what is set to be a competitive race because who wouldn’t want to learn from one of the world’s best right-wingers?