Arsenal look like they will have to fight it out with some fellow Premier League clubs if they want to land Swansea City star Ashley Williams this summer.
According to The Times, Sunderland have tabled a £4million bid for the Swans captain after he let them know he would not be staying on at the Liberty Stadium past this summer. Any bid for Williams could well capture the attention of Arsene Wenger, as he has reportedly been watching Williams fro some time as a possible transfer target.
The Gunners manager is reportedly looking to make several additions to his squad this summer as the Emirates Stadium club look to build on their FA Cup win at the end of last season and Williams' name was mooted as a possible option. Arsenal will be losing one of their most experienced defenders this summer after Bacary Sagna confirmed he would leave on a Bosman free transfer, with the France international providing cover at centre-back as well as being the first choice right back.
Williams is 28 years old and has been very impressive since Swansea made it into the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers, before stepping up a level and leading the side in looking as though they could be in the league for years to come. Arsenal only now have Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker as senior regulars in the centre-back position, while Thomas Vermaelen's sidelining since the end of the 2012/13 season means seeing the club skipper leave would not be a surprise.
Wenger recently signed a new three-year contract extension to keep his tenure at Arsenal to go over 20 years and revealed he is ready to build another great team after putting pen to paper. After the defeat of Hull City in extra-time at Wembley last month ended a nine-year trophy drought, there is a feel-good factor around the Emirates and the Frenchman is keen to use that momentum to stage a full titler challenge next season.
It is expected he will attempt to do this by making certain additions to the squad this summer, using the Gunners' much-improved spending power after new commercial deals kicked in. While defence is an area they look as though they need to recruit in, many believe the centre-forward position is the area that needs the most attention, while there have also been call for a more physically imposing defensive midfielder.