Arsenal and Liverpool target could move
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has admitted all the transfer rumours surrounding the Swans captain Ashley Williams has him worried.
Williams, who lifted the League Cup with Swansea earlier in the season, has been linked with moves to several of England’s top clubs, including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, and Laudrup has said he is worried he could lose his star defender.
Laudrup told the Mirror: “When there are rumours about these clubs wanting someone from here, it is because the player has done well.
“What can I do? I can’t call Arsenal and say, ‘Is it true?’ I don’t think Arsene Wenger would answer.
“We will have to live with these stories – it’s part of the game – but it means people have seen what we have done here. Ashley has had a great season.”
If a potential £10million bid did come in for the Swans centre back, Laudrup may find it hard to keep Williams, 28, at the Liberty Stadium.
But it isn’t only Williams who may be heading away from Wales.
Williams’ centre back partner Chico Flores has also impressed some of the top teams, and the 26-year-old is reportedly on Bayern Munich’s radar, according to the newspaper.
But as Laudrup said it is testament to how well the Dane has done at Swansea so far, and how impressive his team has been.
He added: “He and Chico have been a great pair.
“They are doing great together and I will be unhappy to lose that pairing for next season.”
But with European football and a first team spot almost guaranteed for Swansea’s two centre halves, would they really consider leaving?
Williams and Chico
The two really have impressed as a defensive pairing, and have played an integral part in Swansea’s best season in their history.
Williams joined Swansea in 2008 from Stockport County and has made 205 appearances for the club, now captains both Swansea and Wales, and seems to improve every season he plays.
Chico Flores signed from Genoa this season and has impressed since his summer signing, quickly adapting to life in the Premier League and is now a potential transfer target for a Bayern Munich side who many believe could be the next big powerhouse in world football.
And with the season these two and Swansea have had, nobody is really surprised they have attracted the interest of such huge clubs.