Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks set to step-up his interest in Swansea City centre-back Ashley Williams, according to the Metro.
His interest looks set to be revived following the news that Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out for up to three months with a back injury.
Wenger had been keen to conclude a deal earlier this summer, but was not initially willing to pay the £12m fee that Swansea expect for their captain. But with defensive options now looking short, Wenger could be ready to match Michael Laudrup's valuation of the player.
Following Vermaelen's injury, Wenger has only two established centre-backs left in the side. German international Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscienly are the only players left in the heart of defence following Sebastien Squillaci's release and Johan Djourou's loan move to Hamburg.
Wenger had originally valued Williams at around £10m, but he could now stretch to the extra £2m that Swansea are looking for. The Capital Cup winners are keen on hanging on to one of their most prized assets, who is considered as one of the brightest centre-backs in the country.
However, the Swans can offer Williams European football. Their Capital One Cup success means they will compete in next season's Europa League, while Arsenal once against secured Champions League qualification.
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