Swansea City have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Neco Williams to the Liberty Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that Liverpool are set to demand at least £10m for the 20-year-old in the summer transfer window, with the right-back believed to be keen on a move away from Anfield in a bid to play regular first-team football.
It is then reported that Leeds United, Southampton and Burnley have all expressed an interest in the Wales international. This news comes after TEAMtalk claimed earlier this month that Swansea, Cardiff City, Stoke City and Barnsley had enquired about the possibility of loaning the defender next season.
The news that Williams is looking to move onto pastures new on a permanent basis this summer does not appear to bode well for Swansea’s chances of landing the right-back on a temporary deal, something that, considering the potential the youngster appears to possess, will leave fans of the club gutted as they’d surely love to have another Welsh international in their team each and every week
Indeed, having been with Liverpool since the U9 age group, the £7.2m-rated man has gone on to make a total of 25 senior appearances for the Reds and has developed significantly under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.
The Welshman particularly impressed over his four Champions League appearances last season, helping his side keep one clean sheet, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and winning three duels per game.
As such, it would very much appear as if the signing of the player whom Ryan Giggs dubbed an “outstanding” talent would have provided Steve Cooper’s side with a huge boost to their chances of going on to secure promotion to the Premier League next season.
However, with a loan deal now looking unlikely, and with the potential of Swansea not being able to afford Williams’ £10m asking price, it would certainly seem as if fans of the club should not hold their breath regarding a deal for the Welshman this summer.