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Real Madrid set sights on 21-year-old Spanish winger also wanted by Barcelona



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Nico Williams looks all set to become the most sought-after prospect in Spanish football in the coming year, as the forward’s contract at Athletic Club expires at the end of the season.

Nico has witnessed incredible growth over the last couple of years, and it has not gone unnoticed, with various top European clubs, including Barcelona interested in his services.

Real Madrid join race to sign Nico Williams

However, according to a recent report from AS, Barcelona are set to face stiff competition from arch-rivals Real Madrid, who appear to have entered the race to sign Nico Williams.

As per the report, the Spanish giants have placed the young Athletic Club forward on their transfer wishlist.

The club’s management considers the 21-year-old an interesting option because of the growth shown by the player. His age profile also makes him a curious option for Los Blancos.

What makes Nico such an appealing target for Real Madrid, though, is indeed his growth. At just 21, the forward has racked up almost 100 competitive appearances for Athletic Club while also winning ten caps for the Spanish national team.

What does the future hold for Nico Williams? (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Nico Williams’ release clause

The fact that Nico Williams’ contract at Athletic Club expires at the end of the season means Real Madrid have an excellent market opportunity to sign him on a free transfer next summer.

But there is one potential obstacle Real Madrid could face. With English clubs also interested, they might consider signing the forward in January by paying Athletic a fortune.

As per the report, Nico Williams has a release clause worth €50 million in his contract, which if activated, can allow clubs to sign him in the January transfer window.

Athletic Club, for their part, are working hard to renew his contract. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how things transpire in the coming months.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season




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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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