Arsenal and Liverpool set to battle over Swansea City star Ashley Williams
Arsenal look set to beat Liverpool for Swansea City defender Ashley Williams. Reportedly, the Arsenal board is already in preparations to launch a bid for the Swansea City skipper as soon as the summer transfer window opens.
Liverpool have been in pursuit of Ashley Williams for almost a year now. Brendan Rodgers, who used be manager at Swansea City before he moved to Liverpool, came close to signing in Ashley Williams during the winter transfer window, but failed to seal the deal because of a disagreement on transfer fees.
It is still not clear whether Arsene Wenger will remain as manager of Arsenal beyond this season, yet the Frenchman is keen on improving Gunners’ defense. The Welshman has turned into one of the hottest transfer prospects since Swansea City moved into the Premier League.
Ashley Williams has had an impressive season under manager Michael Laudrup, which includes leading Swansea City to their first domestic trophy in history through a 5-0 win over Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final.
The 28-year-old center-back has proven himself as a solid defender and an excellent captain. Arsene Wenger hopes to inject both of these attributes to his team this summer since his team has been weak defensively and has at times lacked experience and leadership.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers will be to convince Ashley Williams to play under him once again. The Northern Irishman developed a strong bond with Ashley Williams during his spell at Swansea City, but since his departure from the club Brendan Rodgers is seen as a villain by some Swansea City supporters.
Brendan Rodgers has already brought two former Swansea City players to Anfield; Joe Allen and Fabio Borini. Joe Allen arrived at the Merseyside club after spending five years at Swansea City. the 23-year-old Welshman has already appeared in 37 games for Liverpool this season. Fabio Borini was signed in on loan by Swansea City in 2011. The forward returned to Roma after his short stint at Swansea City.