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Arsenal reluctant to pay Williams asking price

Arsenal have told Swansea to lower their £10million asking price for defender Ashley Williams.

The Welsh defender has been superb for the Swans and was a key part in their rise from the Championship to the Premier League mainstays they are now.

Williams has also attracted interest from both Liverpool and Newcastle, however he favours a move to the Emirates. There were reports suggesting he had handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move, however they don’t appear to be true.

With Club Captain Thomas Vermaelen out of favour, Arsenal are willing to sell the Belgian international if they can find a replacement, which in Williams they believe they have.

Arsene Wenger has never been a big fan of paying big money and signing players who are older than 28, unfortunately for Williams he ticks both boxes.

Despite this Wenger is a big fan of Williams and after years of playing under a similar style with Swansea, he is confident the Wales captain won’t have to adapt his game too much should the move happen.

After being released by West Brom as a youth player, it’s safe to say Williams has earned his way to the top. Two years with Hednesford Town were followed by five with Stockport County. The players big move came in 2008 when the then Championship side brought the defender for £400,000 and since then he hasn’t looked back.

Arsenal favorites for Deulofeu loan

Arsenal lead the race to sign Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu on loan for the 2013/14 season.

The 19-year-old has attracted interest from numerous Premier League clubs, including the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Arsenal are believed to be favourites though and a loan spell in a top flight division would certainly be the next step in Deulofeu’s progression.

Barcelona consider Deulofeu to be one of their next best academy players, however given the embarrassment of riches they have available to them are willing to let the youngster go out on loan.

The Spaniard is currently away with his national side at the Under-20 World Cup and is open to another short-spell away from Barcelona.

With Theo Walcott’s preference to play through the middle and the inconsistency of both Gervinho and Lukas Podolski, Arsenal are in the market for an out and out winger.

Liverpool are believed to be Arsenal’s main rivals for the player, however their lack of European football means the Gunners are in the driving seat.

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