Ashley Williams focusing on new Swansea City season, says agent
ASHLEY Williams's agent says the centre-back is focused on Swansea City's new season after insisting there has been no concrete interest in the player.
Williams has found himself the subject of speculation since last spring, with a string of clubs reportedly tracking the Wales captain.
And fresh stories surfaced in the national media yesterday, suggesting the defender was keen to leave SA1.
Arsenal are the team most frequently linked to Williams, while Liverpool and Everton are also thought to be interested.
Swansea could ask for as much as £10 million for a player who signed a new contract last season, tying him to South Wales until 2015.
Renowned for his careful grip on both the Gunners' purse strings and the age profile of his squad, Arsene Wenger is unlikely to pay such a high price for someone who will turn 29 in two months' time. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins revealed last week he has received no contact from rival sides about Williams.
And the former Stockport man's representative, Jamie Moralee, stressed that he has also heard nothing.
"It's paper talk and that's always been the case with Ash every time the transfer window comes along," said Moralee. "He's captain of Swansea and at this moment in time I don't think a bid has been made and I believe Swansea have said the same.
"Until Swansea receive a bid, Ashley will just get on with his job. I'm sure that's the case with every player."
Two former Swansea City managers, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, are also rumoured to want to take Williams to different corners of Merseyside.
Liverpool boss Rodgers is known to be admirer of the defender but has already agreed to sign centre-back Kolo Toure from Manchester City this summer.
New Everton manager Martinez brought Williams to Swansea from then League Two Stockport in a £400,000 deal five years ago.
He established himself in the Championship under three different managers and played a key role as Swansea earned promotion to the Premier League in 2011.
Since then he has continued to impress in the top flight and often captained the side last term in the absence of Garry Monk.
"We're not in control of what other clubs do," added Moralee.
"Until an offer becomes a reality, Ashley is a Swansea player and will get on with his football.
"He's on holiday with his family at the moment and looking forward to the new season."