Arsenal and Liverpool target in transfer limbo

Swansea defender Ashley WilliamsSwansea chairman Huw Jenkins has played down speculation that Ashley Williams is set to leave the club before the transfer window closes.

The Welshman has been heavily linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool throughout the summer after his impressive performances helped the Swans seal Capital One Cup victory and qualification for the Europa League.

It has been speculated that a bid of around £10m may convince the Liberty Stadium-based side to sell up, but Jenkins has reiterated his desire to keep Williams at the club.

“Ash has grown with us. His performances and personality have grown with the club and he is a vital part of our team,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“He is a big part of our defence and now he is captain as well. He is a good leader to have at the club.

“As always, we want to keep those players and we hope he is with us for many years to come.”

Jenkins went on to state that no offers for Williams, or any of his other key players, have been received.

“We have had no phone calls about any of our players, and we hope that continues,” he added.

The 28-year-old has been a vital part of Swansea’s squad since their promotion to the Premier League two years ago and has recently replaced Garry Monk as club captain.

Arsene Wenger is believed to be a big fan of Williams, while Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers coached the player during his time in the south of Wales.

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