Chelsea and Liverpool already know bargain price they will have to pay to sign Nico Williams this summer

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Chelsea already know how much they will have to pay to land Euro 2024 star Nico Williams this summer.

Euro 2024 is now nearing its conclusion after a thrilling first semi-final on Tuesday night that saw Spain secure a comeback win over France. Superstar 16-year-old Lamine Yamal scored a wonder-goal and Danil Olmo scored a well-worked winner moments later with La Roja flipping the tie within the first half and never looking back.

Luis de la Fuente’s men have unquestionably been the best-performing side at the Euros so far, and they will be favourites against whoever progresses from Wednesday night’s semi-final, be it England or Netherlands. There have been plenty of contenders for player of the tournament so far, and Yamal might just be at the top of the list, with Marc Cucurella, Fabian Ruiz, Rodri and Nico Williams also in the conversation.

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Williams and Yamal have formed one of the most dangerous wingers pairs seen in recent international tournaments, and there is already plenty of transfer attention surrounding the Athletic Club star with the transfer window now ongoing. According to Marca, Barcelona, Bayern Múnich, Liverpool and Chelsea are all expressing an interest.

Naturally, a deal won’t come cheap, but given the level the winger is playing at, and has been playing at with Athletic Club, Williams’ release clause makes him a verry gettable player this summer. According to Marca, the winger’s release clause is currently between £46.4million and £49million having signed a new contract in December.

The catch is that Athletic Club are a cash-rich club, and so the decision will be made by Williams if the release clause is met. The Basque club, within reason, are able to match very large wages due to the lack of money they save on transfer fees thanks to their Basque heritage policy. That said, if the winger wants to make the step up to the very top level, the club are not likely to stand in his way given the good relationship they have and the release clause the two parties agreed upon as recently as last December.

According to reports in Spain, Barcelona hold an advantage in the race providing they are willing to pay the fee, while Bayern have already signed Michael Olise, reducing the likelihood of them making a move. Chelsea and Liverpool, meanwhile, will both be looking to land attackers this summer.

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What has Williams said about his future?

Williams said when last asked about his future: “Right now, we have an important game on Friday in the Euro Cup, and I am fully focused on that to prove our capabilities.” He previously said this summer: “I am very happy at Athletic, it is the club that has given me everything, the one that has bet on me one hundred percent.

"I am very happy in Bilbao and that is all I have to say. Yes, I am quite clear, in the end, as I have told you, Athletic is my home. I am very happy, and what I want to do is focus on the Euros one hundred percent and for the rest I don't know what's going on.”

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