Swansea hopes of keeping Williams boosted as Arsenal eye Richards
SWANSEA City’s hopes of holding on to Ashley Williams could be boosted as Arsenal turn their attention to Manchester City’s Micah Richards.
Swans skipper Williams has long been linked with a move to the Gunners, who were thought to be considering a joint £35 million offer for the centre-back and his club colleague Michu.
But according to reports from London, Arsenal have made no bid for the Wales captain, who turned 29 today.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has consistently reiterated that the club has not received any approaches for Williams, yet the speculation has lingered.
Arsenal’s alleged interest may be on the wane, however, as they weigh up a bid for City defender Richards.
The England international has so far failed to agree a new contract at the Etihad, and could be allowed to move for around £10 million.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has faced intense criticism recently for his failure to make significant additions to his squad this summer.
But that is expected to change between now and the close of the transfer window, with the Frenchman reportedly ready to spend a large amount of Arsenal’s huge transfer budget.