Arsenal Transfer News: Skrtel, Remy, Williams And Cornelius Involved In Latest Speculation

  @JasonLeMiere on March 21 2013 11:40 AM
Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams may have the leadership qualities to help Arsenal's defense. Reuters

Reported Arsenal target Ashley Williams has no desire to leave Swansea City but an offer would be considered if it arrived this summer, according to the player’s representative Jamie Moralee.

There have been strong claims from various sources that Williams forms a prominent part of Arsene Wenger’s plans to strengthen his defense this season, with an £8 million transfer mooted. The 28-year-old has been an impressive performer since Swansea’s return to the Premier League and is also said to be interesting Liverpool, managed by Williams’ former boss at the Liberty Stadium, Brendan Rodgers.

But Moralee has said that the Wales captain is in no rush for a big move.

“What I can say is that my player has got no desire to leave Swansea City Football Club," Moralee said, according to the South Wales Evening Post.

"There have been stories linking Ash with clubs for the past few years, but his situation now is no different from his situation over the past few years.

"Ash has always remained a Swansea City player. He is happy there, his family are there with him and he is playing better than ever because Swansea have given him a platform.

However, Moralee added that he would expect Williams to be informed if an offer arrived.

"If a club comes in and puts the money on the table, I am sure Ash and the Swansea chairman will have a conversation," he explained.

"But we are all pretty chilled and comfortable with the situation.”

Williams is far from the only central defender to be linked with a move to Arsenal of late. The Daily Mirror reports that the Gunners are monitoring Martin Skrtel’s situation at Liverpool. The Slovakia international has found himself out of the Liverpool team of late, leading to speculation of a potential summer move.

According to the Mirror, Skrtel will be available for £13 million, although the 28-year-old is also thought to be interesting his former club Zenit St Petersburg.

Wenger is also believed to be looking to bring in a striker this summer and the Daily Express claims that Arsenal retain an interest in Loic Remy. The Gunners were linked to the France international before he joined Queens Park Rangers in January, but he is thought to have an escape clause in his contract allowing him to leave for perhaps as little as £4 million his side is relegated from the Premier League. QPR currently sit seven points from safety with just eight matches remaining.

According to Danish publication Sporten, Arsenal have scouted 20-year-old FC Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius on at least 10 occasions. Cornelius is the top scorer in the Danish Super League this season with 16 goals in 23 appearances and has already been capped by Denmark.

Cornelius has said that he is flattered to be watched by the Gunners.

“This is obviously a huge pat on the back that such a club is watching me,” he said. “And, if they've seen me so many times, it shows you it is not just coincidence. But I am actually quite calm. I do not think about it, because I have a long contract in FCK and they develop me really well there. As long there is nothing concrete then I think only of FCK.”

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