Arsenal line up £3m bid for wantaway Premier League defender

After allegedly asking to leave Swansea City, centre back Ashley Williams is a reported £3m summer transfer target for Arsenal.

After nine long years without a trophy, Arsenal finally clinched a piece of silverware with their 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull City earlier this month. The positivity is now returning to North London and manager Arsene Wenger is now expected to embark on a summer of spending in order to get the Gunners challenging for bigger and better things than the FA Cup.

Whilst adding attacking reinforcements to compete with Olivier Giroud has to be a priority for Wenger, there could also be work to do in defence, with Belgian international Thomas Vermaelen possibly seeking first-team football away from the Emirates Stadium.

If the former Ajax man does leave the club this summer, then there is little to no depth behind first choice pairing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, and Wenger may need to be in the market for more help in the centre of his defence. Swansea's Williams has been a key performer in South Wales ever since the Swans were promoted to the Premier League in 2011, but new speculation suggests that the 29-year-old is looking to leave the club.

The Welsh international has reportedly shunned a new contract at the Liberty Stadium in a bid to force a move to a bigger club this summer, and Arsenal - who have been long-term admirers of the former Stockport County defender - have once again been linked with a swoop for Williams.

Williams was valued at almost £10m as recently as last summer, but now with just a year to run on his contract, the Swans may now be forced to sell their star defender for just £3m.

He may not be the big name signing that Arsenal fans crave once again, but Williams has been a strong and dependable figure in the heart of the Swansea defence - and would offer reliable cover for the likes of Koscielny and Mertesacker for a knockdown price.

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