Arsene Wenger looks to offload defender

Be ambitiousThomas Vermaelen could be heading for the exit door as Arsenal step up their interest in Swansea defender Ashley Williams.

Vermaelen fell out of favour at the Emirates Stadium last season as Arsene Wenger preferred to go with a central defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

The Belgium international will now be made available for transfer but the Gunners can only expect to receive half of the £10million they paid Ajax for his services back in 2009.

Wenger will use any money raised to fund a swoop for Williams and is ready to make a move despite the fact Swansea insist they are under no pressure to sell and wish to keep hold.

A fee of £12million has been mentioned for Williams and that should not be a problem for Wenger as reports continue to suggest he could have as much as £70million to spend on new players this summer.

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