Williams wants to leave Swansea

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Ashley Williams

Wales captain Ashley Williams will tell Swansea he wants to leave this transfer window according to the Telegraph.

The centre half has been a key part of Swansea’s recent rise through the divisions and has impressed some of the big clubs during his two seasons in the Premiership.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton have all shown an interest in Williams and it is believed that the player would favour a move to the Emirates.

Time is right for a fresh challenge

Williams will turn 29 during August and thinks that now is the time to move to make the most of the rest of his career.

He has been at Swansea for five years after signing from Stockport for £400,000 in 2008 and is currently club captain.

Former Swansea bosses Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers would both be keen to work with Williams again at Everton and Liverpool respectively.

Williams is what Arsenal have been missing

But the centre back has his heart set on a move to Arsenal. He shares Arsene Wenger’s football philosophy and believes he could make a real impression in the Frenchman’s side. Williams is a dominant physical presence in defence and a natural leader, just what Arsenal have been missing in recent years.

The only stumbling block may be Swansea’s asking price of £10m. Wenger is notoriously prudent in the transfer market and is known to be cautious about signing players in the latter stage of their careers.

In this case though, surely Wenger will see that £10m is a good price for a player who captains both his club and country, and is one of the best defenders outside the top four.

Arsenal are expected to complete the signing of Gonzalo Higuain this week and if Wenger can add Williams to his squad aswell, then Arsenal’s fans will have reason to be optimistic going into the new campaign.

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