Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been credited with an interest in Athletic Bilbao's rising starlet Inaki Williams, according to the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old was scouted by representatives from both Premier League clubs this week as he scored the winner in a 1-0 away win in the Copa del Rey against Villarreal.
With a release clause set at an enticingly low £15million, Athletic Bilbao have been left fearing the worst as Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp consider a move in the current transfer window.
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The Gunners would be able to add him to their Champions League squad for the round of 16 tie against Barcelona, but his appearances in the Europa League this season means Liverpool would not be able to do the same when they face FC Augsburg.
And the chance to play in the Champions League in February is not Arsenal's only advantage in this head-to-head. Arsenal are almost certainly going to be back in Europe's elite competition next season while Liverpool appear to have blown their top four chances already.
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Why the interest?
Williams is a Spanish Under-21 international and has been widely tipped to make the long jump to the senior squad in the near future. His rapid pace has seen him successfully make the transition from a right-winger to an out-and-out striker this season; something Theo Walcott has always failed to do.
In many ways, he cuts the figure of a young, more slender version of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who Arsenal have also been linked with. What is most exciting, however, is that he may be even faster than the Borussia Dortmund star.
A true speed demon
Williams has been clocked at a top speed of 22.2 miles-per-hour this season, making him by far the fastest player across the entire division. That is, according to EA Sports, significantly faster than any Arsenal or Liverpool player has reached.
With Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott already scaring attacks with their incredible pace, Williams will only add to that fear and provide a completely different option to that of Olivier Giroud.
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