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Barcelona reach 'agreement in principle' to sign Nico Williams & finalise personal terms with Spain Euro 2024 sensation as he closes in on transfer from Athletic Club

Barcelona have reportedly reached an "agreement in principle" to sign Nico Williams and finalised personal terms with the Athletic Club player.

  • Barcelona met Williams' agent last week
  • Have thrashed out a deal with the player
  • Must activate his release clause to sign him


According to Sport, negotiations between Barcelona and Williams’ agent, Felix Tainta, concluded successfully last week, finalising the terms of the player’s personal contract. While specific details regarding the wages and contract length have not been disclosed, the agreement signifies significant progress.


Nico Williams Spain Euro 2024

The Catalan giants are now focused on finding a way to meet the winger’s release clause - which stands at €58 million (£49m/$63m) and complete the transfer. Athletic Club have been adamant that they will not negotiate with Barcelona and warned that any other potential suitor must pay his exit clause in full to lure him away from San Mames.


Barcelona president Joan Laporta has openly expressed his admiration for Williams and confidence in securing his signing. Speaking on the radio program 'El Matí de Catalunya Ràdio,' Laporta stated: "Obviously I like him, and very much. Today we can afford to sign Nico Williams. We can face a signing like Nico."

Laporta also touched on the club’s strategy to navigate the financial constraints and adhere to La Liga's 1:1 rule, which governs player registration and wage spending. He mentioned that Barcelona is working diligently on various operations and is optimistic about returning to financial normalcy soon. "We will soon be able to announce the operations we have worked on. We'll be back to the normal of the Fair Play soon," he assured.


Nico Williams Athletic España

Despite the positive developments, there is a sense of urgency surrounding the transfer. Wiliams prioritises a transfer to Barcelona and also understands the club’s financial difficulties. However, he is not willing to wait the entire summer and expects the deal to be completed by the first week of August at the latest so that Athletic can have enough time to sign a quality replacement.

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