Arsenal could miss out as Swansea open talks with star defender

The reported Arsenal and Sunderland target has opened talks with the Swans over a new deal.

Rumoured Arsenal target Ashley Williams has begun talks to extend his contract with Swansea City, according to a report at Wales Online.

Williams was thought to be on both Arsenal and Sunderland’s transfer wish-list this summer, but looks set to agree a deal that would make him the best paid player in Swansea’s history.

The Wales captain will provide a surprise boost to new manager Garry Monk’s squad for the new season, after he looked to be on the move with just a year left on his current deal.

QPR and Napoli were also linked with a move for Williams, and it will be to Swansea’s credit if they can lure the defender away from the much steeper wage figures of other clubs.

Williams has been with the Swans since 2008, and has figured prominently in their rise to the Premier League over the last six years. He won promotion with the club back in 2011, then captained them to their first ever piece of major silverware in the League Cup final in 2012.

His tall frame and solidarity at centre-back have made him one of the most talked about players in the transfer window so far, with perhaps only his age of 29 holding him back from a big club move.

It appears that Arsenal have once again failed to deliver on a reported transfer target, as QPR, Sunderland and Napoli also miss out on what would have been a shrewd piece of transfer activity.

Williams’ commitment to the Swans could prove essential as the club look to return to the slick, stylish football that won them so many plaudits in their opening few seasons in the top-flight.

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