Arsenal consider £35m double Swansea swoop

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Arsenal are considering a £35m raid on Swansea City for star players Michu and Ashley Williams to reduce the discontent amongst fans, reports the Evening Standard.

Arsene Wenger has only managed to bring in one player - 20-year-old Yaya Sanogo - this summer and has failed to sign targets Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Luiz Gustavo despite his best efforts.

Following their 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League, fans were close to revolting in the stands as chants of "spend some f*****g money" sounded out around the Emirates stadium.

Wenger is now hoping to seal quick transfers for the two Swansea players, who he has tracked for a while.

Arsenal have courted Williams all summer and previously had a £6m offer rejected by Swansea. It is thought it would take as much as £10m to convince the Welsh outfit to release their captain.

Although the Arsenal boss is reluctant to pay that much for a player with no Champions League experience, he is keen to sign someone presently with mounting injuries stretching the squad to breaking point.

The real stumbling block lies in agreeing a deal for Michu with Swansea demanding £25m for the man who scored 22 goals last season.

The Spaniard only cost Swansea £2m from Rayo Vallencano last season and Arsenal deem the huge inflation as an excessive price to pay.

However, as Michu is thought to be on a basic wage of just £30,000-a-week, it is likely the 27-year-old would be tempted by the huge pay rise that would come with a move to Arsenal.

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