Arsenal look to beat Liverpool to summer signing

Swansea City defender Ashley Williams

Arsenal are preparing to bid for Swansea defender Ashley Williams when the summer transfer window opens.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Arsenal are ready to try sign the centre-back, but will face competition from Liverpool, where former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is also keen on the Welshman.

Williams has had an impressive season under Michael Laudrup, captaining the club to their first domestic trophy in the 5-0 win over Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final.

The 28-year-old is the Swans’ vice-captain, with Gary Monk the official club captain, but is captain of the Welsh national team. Wenger will be looking for those commanding attributes to be used for his Arsenal side, who at times have lacked an experience skipper or a form of leadership.

But Brendan Rodgers will be hoping he can convince Williams to play under his management style once more, after forming a strong bond when the Northern Irish manager was at Swansea.

Rodgers managed the club into the Premier League as they won the 2011 Play-off final, beating Reading 4-2. Rodgers has already signed two players from that season, bringing Joe Allen with him from Swansea and adding Fabio Borini, who was on loan at the club when they were promoted, to Liverpool as well.

Williams will have to wait until the end of the season to decide his future, and will be purely focused on his side’s home fixture against Tottenham on Saturday.

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