Arsenal have agreed to shell out £10m for Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, but would not be willing to pay an extra £2m to meet the Welsh side’s valuation of their player, reported The Daily Star.
Williams was originally viewed as a replacement for the underperforming Thomas Vermaelen, but would now be required to fill in for the Belgian who has been forced to take a break of almost three months following a back injury.
Arsenal have offloaded Sebastien Squillaci and loaned Johan Djourou to Bundesliga side Hamburg, leaving manager Arsene Wenger with only Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as his fit senior centre backs in the Arsenal team for now, making his decision to up his offer for Williams extremely understandable.
Williams though will have to prove his worth to be guaranteed regular playing time following his switch to Arsenal, with Wenger placing his faith in the aforementioned duo of Mertesacker and Koscielny. For the Welshman though this might be the last chance to ply his trade on the big stage as it is unlikely that he will ever see Champions League football at Swansea City.