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Arsenal & Liverpool Among Clubs Eyeing Swans Cup Hero
Despite the transfer window now being closed there will still be plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Ashley Williams is attracting interest from several top clubs.
Swansea City will face a fight to keep hold of Capital One Cup final hero Ashley Williams this summer with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all eyeing the defender, according to the Metro.
The Swans made history by lifting the League Cup on Sunday after defeating League Two outfit Bradford City 5-0 at Wembley, with Williams on hand to lift the trophy after another impressive display at the back.
However, the Welsh centre-back might not be around to take part in Swansea’s debut in the Europa League next season with the Metro claiming Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are all showing an interest in the 28-year-old.
The report claims that Swansea will refuse to sell prized asset Michu but suggest that all other players could be available at the right price and if a suitable offer is tabled then they may reluctantly sell Williams in order to raise transfer funds for boss Michael Laudrup.
Williams has been superb at the back over the last 18 months and it would be no surprise if one of the so-called ‘big-boys’ come calling in the summer. At almost 29, he’s not getting any younger but he’s proved there aren’t many better centre-backs in the Premier League at present and should still have at least three to four years left in him at the very top level.
Tottenham already have good depth at centre-back with Jan Vertonghen, William Gallas, Michael Dawson, Younas Kaboul and Steven Caulkner all on the books at White Hart Lane so it would be a surprise if another defender was top of Andre Villas-Boas’ priority list in the summer.
However, both Arsenal and Liverpool could do with a reliable central defender for next season. The Gunners have looked vulnerable at the heart of their defence at times this year and Arsene Wenger only has three central defenders at his disposal after allowing Johan Djourou to leave in January.
Brendan Rodgers is almost certainly going to be on the look out for a replacement for Jamie Carragher, who’s set to retire at the end of the season, and Williams has already worked under the Northern Irishman during his time at Swansea so the two may end up being reunited at Anfield if the Reds follow-up their reported interest.
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