Liverpool are confident that they can be the ones who win the race for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Inaki Williams this year, according to reports.
The Independent, building on rumours that have linked Jurgen Klopp and the 21-year-old, say that the Reds are confident they can lure the youngster to England irrespective of growing interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Obviously Los Blancos’ recent FIFA transfer ban makes trying to arrange a transfer this month a must for them - Williams has already resisted attempts from Bilbao to tie him to a new deal.
The Guardian, meanwhile, claim Williams has a release clause of €20 million embedded in his current deal with the Basque club, making him affordable if Klopp - seemingly a long-term admirer - is serious about signing him.
One other potential obstacle could be Premier League rivals Arsenal, also credited with an interested in the Spain U21 international. Arsene Wenger has a good reputation when it comes to working with rising stars, but, nonetheless, it’s Liverpool who are optimistic.
Here's a taster of what Williams can do:
Given the Reds’ current injury malaise new additions this month at Anfield certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
Klopp has money to play with, evidently, but this specific deals looks some way south of the final negotiation stages at the moment.