North Londoners feel fee is too high for the Welshman.
Arsenal have pulled out of the running to sign Swansea City defender Ashley Williams as the Gunners are refusing to meet the Swans’ £10 million valuation of their captain, says the Daily Mirror.
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has been keeping close tabs on the highly rated Wales international for some time now, with a view to bringing the 28-year-old to north London when the summer transfer window reopens on July 1.
However, the Frenchman is believed to have now gone off the idea of signing the centre back, who had an outstanding season last time out at the heart of the South Wales club’s back four.
Williams featured in 41 matches in all competitions for Michael Laudrup’s high flyers, including in 37 of the club’s 38 Premier League fixtures as Swansea secured a remarkable top-ten finish come the end of the campaign, and it was expected that the Swans’ skipper would depart for the Emirates this summer.
That move, though, now appears to be dead in the water after Wenger baulked at the Principality outfit’s £10m asking price for Williams, who still has two years left to run on his current Swans deal.