Arsenal have identified winger as one of their main priorities in the summer transfer window, conscious of the need to find a quality back-up for Bukayo Saka, and to relieve some of the workload on him.
Pedro Neto, who is already a proven factor in the Premier League with Wolves, is one of the names under consideration.
However, because the Portuguese international will come with a Premier League premium, they are also considering other options, one of whom is Williams, although he will not come cheap either.
He has recently signed a new contract, and is also attracting interest from Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Aston Villa.
Williams, born in Pamplona, to Ghanaian parents, who travelled across the Sahara desert to reach a Spanish enclave. That makes him a Basque like Mikel Arteta – a necessary pre-requisite to play for Athletic. He is also a full Spanish international and currently has 11 caps, scoring twice.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.