Swansea star's agent confirms bid has been made for Arsenal target

The agent of reported Arsenal Ashley Williams target has spoken out, saying the Swansea star could leave for free.

Reported Arsenal target Ashley William’s could leave Swansea City for free if a decision is not made on his future, his agent claims.

Williams was linked with a move to the Emirates after it seemed the Swans were not making an approach to extend his deal at the Liberty Stadium.

But Monday saw the Welsh club finally open talks with Williams, in a deal that could see him become the highest paid player in their history.

Williams has just twelve-months remaining on his current contract, and has also been linked with Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers and Italian outfit Napoli.

Despite talks now taking place between the 29-year-old and Swansea, Williams’ agent has now claimed he could exit the club for free.

"Ash has only got one year left on his contract, so clubs will look at that," Williams’ agent Jamie Moralee is reported as saying on BBC Sport.

"If a new contract is not agreed or they don't accept one of the bids, Swansea could risk losing him for nothing.

“Ash has to look for a contract that's right for him. He came to football relatively late and, as he's turning 30 this year, he needs a contract that can take him to 33 or 34.”

"A bid has been made but nothing's been accepted or rejected yet - something has got to give.

"There are two or three clubs interested in Ash, and they must be confident in their ability to compete financially and be up there with Swansea in their offer for him."

Arsenal seemingly closed the door on any possible deal with Williams after they were reported as interested in Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker.

Caulker would represent the better value for the Gunners at just 22-years of age, but would miss out on valuable club and international experience that Williams would provide.

Caulker would also cost in the region of £9 million as Cardiff look to gain back the entire fee they paid for him from Tottenham, while Sunderland were reported to have had a £4 million approach rejected for Williams, meaning Arsenal would have to bid higher.

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