Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly been put off signing Swansea City defender and captain Ashley Williams because of the defender's £10m asking price, according to The Sun.

It has been suggested that the Welsh side will not listen to any offers that come in less than their £10m valuation of their skipper, and Wenger is not prepared to spend that much on the centre-back despite being seriously interested in the Welshman.

Williams' future has been the subject of intense speculation this summer with both Arsenal and Liverpool interested in him after he put in a string of fine performances during Swansea's impressive campaign last season which eventually saw them lift up the Capital One Cup at Wembley.

It was revealed that Wenger spoke to Swansea about Williams back in January and asked about a possible move back in the winter transfer market, but the Welsh club told the Frenchman he was not for sale for any price - and would only think about offers in the summer.

The £10m price tag on his head is strongly putting Wenger off making a bid for the centre-back and he is further put off by the fact that current centre-back Laurent Koscielny has revealed he desire to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

As for departures at the Emirates, it now look like Ivorian winger Gervinho could be leaving the club after he dropped a hint about wanting a move back to France in order to join Marseille.

Gervinho said: “Marseille are one of the biggest clubs in France. If I want to leave Arsenal, there won’t be a shortage of interest.”


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