Inaki Williams rumours bring back memories of infamous United transfer blunder

Manchester United are alleged to hold a late interest in Athletic Bilbao attacker Inaki Williams.

Di Marzio claims United are considering a move for Williams, with the initial rumour sparked by Spanish broadcaster El Chiringuito TV.

We are not holding out much hope on this one, and it’s not just because of the doubtful reliability of the sources.

United would be required to spend the entire Romelu Lukaku income, to pay Inaki Williams’ £81 million release clause.

And United and Athletic Bilbao don’t have a great history when it comes to deadline day deals.


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Bad memories

This was the scene of one of Ed Woodward’s most infamous blunders back in 2013.

This came as United tried and failed to make a late move for Ander Herrera, seemingly not realising how complicated it could be.

There were claims of fake lawyers being sent into negotiate the deal, with the release clause needed to be sanctioned at La Liga HQ.

It was Ed Woodward’s first summer overseeing transfers and his inexperience showed. Even worse than it does in 2019.

The Guardian reported the claim and counter claim in the fallout of the botched deal as “a confusing, complex and embarrassing issue for United.”

So forgive us if we don’t hold out much hope of Woodward being able to conclude a deal for Williams before today’s 5pm deadline.

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Exciting player

Williams is a player who would add more serious pace to United’s attack.

Last season he scored 13 goals in 38 La Liga games, also providing four assists.

He can play up front and on the right wing and is a good age at 25.

He would be ideal along with Dan James for United’s counter-attacking plans and create serious headaches for defences.

So if there is interest from United, its a shame the club have left it until pretty much too late to get the deal done.

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