Arsenal told to treble £3m bid for Premier League defender

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Arsenal are reportedly targeting a move for Swansea City defender Ashley Williams - but have been told to treble their £3m bid for him.

Positivity is returning to the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal finally clinched their first piece of silverware in almost nine years, winning the FA Cup final against Hull City earlier this month. Manager Arsene Wenger will now have the ability to strengthen his squad this summer, with a large budget reportedly available to the Frenchman.

Whilst the attack needs improving in a bid to support striker Olivier Giroud, Wenger has reportedly eyed up Swansea's Williams in a bid to strengthen his defence. Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have forged a solid partnership in the heart of the Arsenal back line, but Thomas Vermaelen could look to leave North London this summer in order to find first team football elsewhere.

That would leave the Gunners desperately short at centre back, and Wenger appears to be planning for that exact scenario by taking a keen interest in Welsh international Williams. His hopes of landing the former Stockport County man were boosted earlier this week when speculation surfaced that the 29-year-old is looking to leave the Liberty Stadium for bigger and better things.

As a result, Arsenal reportedly submitted a £3m bid for Williams, who has just a year left to run on his Swansea contract. It seemed far too low to land the defender, and so it has proved as the Swans will allegedly only entertain offers worth at least £9m - three times what the Gunners have offered.

At 29, it's tough to legislate for Arsenal paying almost £10m to land Williams. He's a talented defender and has proven himself in the Premier League since Swansea's promotion in 2011, but his age means he would probably only have a couple of years at his best left in the tank.

And for £9m, Arsenal can do better. They can groom a young defender to eventually step into the heart of the defence - after all, developing youngsters is Wenger's forte.

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