Man Utd table surprising £10m bid on Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams
Manchester United are linked with a surprising £10 million swoop for Swansea City captain and center back Ashley Williams. The latest transfer news from Manchester suggests, Sir Alex Ferguson is reviewing the possibility of adding Ashley Williams to his squad at the end of the season.
Various media outlets, such as the Sunday Mirror, have confirmed such reports as well. The 28-year-old defender helped Swansea City acquire their first major trophy through a 5-0 win over Bradford in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday night.
Ashley Williams’ sensational rise to top tier of English football came with Swansea City’s promotion to the Premier League. In the past year-and-a-half, Ashley Williams has become first-choice with Wales and one of the best center backs in the league.
Now, the defender is attracting attention from top notch clubs in England. Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t the first man to inquire about Ashley Williams. Chelsea and Manchester City were also interested in signing him during the winter transfer window.
Ashley Williams is under contract with Swansea City until 2015. The defender inked a new two-year contract with Michael Laudrup’s side back in October. Nonetheless, Ashley Williams will certainly think twice before rejecting the offer to join a big club such as Manchester United.
The switch would see a huge jump in Ashley Williams’ salary as well. Presently, the center back is making £25,000-a-week, but at Old Trafford Ashley Williams be making as much as £100,000-a-week.
With Rio Ferdinand aging fast and the long-term future of Nemanja Vidic still shrouded in mystery, Manchester United still can’t give definitive names of their starting center backs.
Rio Ferdinand has played a huge role in Manchester United’s defense this season. For most of the games, the England international did his job well, but lack of pace saw him fall behind to younger legs on a couple of occasions.
Meanwhile, the injury-plagued Nemanja Vidic is still on the bench recovering from another setback in his healing process. Sir Alex Ferguson is well known for keeping injured players in his squad, which is the veteran Serbian defender will get yet another chance to prove his worth to Manchester United.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is another admirer of Ashley Williams. The Swansea City manager is expected to rival Manchester United for the signature of his old defender.