No.9 striker signed new contract with club despite Man United interest

Amid completing a fantastic 4-0 victory over Chelsea at the weekend, there’s still a feeling that Red Devils do need to add a replacement for Romelu Lukaku at some point soon. One of their targets, Inaki Williams, has signed a new nine-year contract with Athletic Bilbao which features a release clause of £135m.

It is believed the contract may be the longest one-handed out since Denilson signed a 10-year contract in 1998 when he signed for Real Betis. French attacker spent his years of youth with the La Liga club and impressed everyone with his performances.

The new deal may ward off interest from the Red Devils. Man United prepared to pay the previous release clause of £81m to add the 25-year-old striker, but they will now need to pay more. Athletic are known for only producing footballers from the Basque region and have been incredibly successful considering the limited transfer policy.

Footballers like Kepa, Ander Herrera, Fernando Llorente, Javi Martinez and Iker Muniain have all gone on to play for Spain after coming through their academy in recent years. Inaki has also featured for the national team and is undoubtedly their key figure at this point.

Williams is incredibly quick and looks like he would be a good fit if the Red Devils play the same counter-attacking style they did at the weekend, but it now looks like he will be staying in Spain for the foreseeable future. Last season Spain international played 41 matches, scored 15 goals and provided four assists in all competitions.