"We can afford to sign Nico Williams," says Barca president

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Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, spoke to 'Catalunya Radio' in a morning interview. The Catalan giants' top official guaranteed that they have the budgetary margin to try to sign Nico Williams from Athletic. He was also optimistic about the recoveries of Pedri González and Ronald Araujo.

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Barcelona have financial leeway to try to complete the signing of Nico Williams. At least, that is what President Joan Laporta said on Monday morning when he was interviewed on 'Catalunya Radio'. The potential signing of the Athletic winger has been rumoured for some time now, even though he is under contract until 2027, and the reports have been boosted by his remarkable performance at the European Championship with the Spanish national team.
"It is Nico's responsibility. We are working on the operations that Flick is asking us to do. Today, we can afford to sign Nico Williams. We can cope with a signing like Nico's", Laporta said. He also prepared the fans for news: "There will be good news on a sporting level; soon, we will announce things. Soon, we will be able to announce the operations we have been working on. Soon, we will return to the normality of 'Fair Play'.
Focusing on Hansi Flick, he praised him: "He is a very approachable and calm man. He is learning the language. There will be an introduction. For now, he's just landing. Thinking about the start of next season, he regretted the absence of Pedri Gonzalez and Ronald Araujo, who will not be able to start the campaign with the new technical direction. Even so, he is confident that the physical trainers will minimise their return periods.
"Starting the season again with Pedri injured doesn't make me happy, but I'm sure that, with the new coaches, things will go well. With Araujo too: we have to be strong and try to have a competitive squad," he admitted. As for the Canary Islander, it is already known that he will be out for around a month, but, according to the Uruguayan, he is still awaiting further tests and an official diagnosis from his Federation.