Swansea City captain Ashley Williams will turn down the chance to sign a new contract at the Liberty Stadium as he looks to force through a summer transfer to Arsenal.

The Daily Mail reports how the Wales international - who came close to moving to north London last summer - has set his sights on a switch to the Emirates Stadium at the end of 2013/14.

It's not yet clear whether Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will renew interest in the 29-year-old centre-back, who has made over 250 first-team appearances for the Swans, and been a mainstay in their backline since their promotion to the Premier League in 2011.

However, with Thomas Vermaelen's future shrouded in doubt, Arsenal could return to south Wales for a player they held formal discussions with twice, should the Belgian ask to leave.

The hold-up in negotiations for the club-record transfer of Mesut Ozil is believed to be the only sticking point that prevented Williams from earning a transfer to Arsenal last August, and he appears to be increasingly keen to secure a big-money move before it's too late.

Swansea boss Garry Monk will be determined to keep his skipper, but it's thought the stopper will resist the temptation to pen new terms with the Welsh club, in the hope that Arsenal come calling again before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

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