Manchester United made contact over Inaki Williams transfer before he signed nine-year contract extension with Athletic Bilbao


By Josh Fordham

12th September 2019,
6:45 am

Inaki Williams has revealed that Manchester United made contact with him over a potential transfer to Old Trafford during the summer.

The Athletic Bilbao forward eventually committed his future to the LaLiga club despite interest from elsewhere.

Inaki Williams has scored 50 goals in 207 games for Bilbao

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Inaki Williams has scored 50 goals in 207 games for Bilbao

The 25-year-old was viewed as a possible replacement for Romelu Lukaku, following his £72million move from United to Inter Milan.

Williams confirmed he did speak to United before opting against a move in an interview with Cadena Ser.

He said: “I had contact from Manchester United but I cannot tell you who it was.


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“My no.1 option has always been to stay at Athletic Club and to retire here. Joining Real Sociedad? No, I could never go there. 100 per cent.”

The Red Devils ended up without a replacement for Lukaku and have been left short of attacking options.

Alexis Sanchez followed Lukaku out the exit door for Milan, joining Inter on a temporary basis.

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Williams was rewarded for his loyalty to the Basque club with an incredible nine-year contract with a release clause of £125million.

It is one of the longest contracts ever handed out in European football and is similar to the 10-year deal Real Betis gave Denilson in 1998.

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