Arsenal and Liverpool both hope to sign the captain of a Premier League team in the summer transfer window.
According to the Guardian, Liverpool and Arsenal will both attempt to sign one of the standout performers of the Premier League season so far: Ashley Williams of Swansea City.
The Wales international defender has shone for the Swans this season, and their record of 34 goals conceded this season is the joint seventh best in the league. It is also only four more than the second best record in the league, with Chelsea having conceded 30 in the current campaign.
Much of that is down to Williams, and the 28 year-old’s status as Swansea captain is indication of a good leader on and off the pitch.
Liverpool’s interest in Williams is intriguing if true, as the Swans man famously lambasted Reds striker Luis Suarez in his autobiography.
“Suarez has that aura about him that says, ‘I’m untouchable’, and his manner and behaviour made me want to knock him out,” said Williams in his gripping read My Premier League Diary.
“I’d go as far as to say that the manner in which he approached the game, with utter contempt for us all, means that he’s streets ahead of any player I’ve truly disliked since we’ve been in the Premier League.”
It is not thought that Williams holds any such resentment for any Arsenal player, but the Gunners’ results this season could provide indication on the defender’s future.
If Arsenal finish 5th or below, they will be in the UEFA Europa League with Swansea City next season, and might find it more difficult to tear Williams away from his club.