Arsene Wenger is unwilling to pay the £10 million transfer fee.
Arsenal’s bid to sign Swansea’s influential defender Ashley Williams has broken down because of the transfer fee that the Swans are demanding according to The Sun.
The Gunners have long been interested in Williams, who helped Swansea win the League Cup in February, with Arsene Wenger stating his admiration for the defender in January.
Arsenal have been in talks with Swansea over Williams but the move has come to a standstill because the Gunners refuse to pay the £10 million transfer fee and Swansea will not sell their rock solid centre-back for a penny less.
The set-back in Arsenal’s move for Williams could let in Everton, with the Toffees boss Roberto Martinez wanting to sign Williams in case Manchester United make a bid for their star central defender, Phil Jagielka.
The standstill could also mean that Williams stays at Swansea and the defender has never given any indication that he wants to leave.
Liverpool were also thought to be interested in the defender, with manager Brendan Rodgers an admirer of Williams, having managed him when he was at Swansea.
Whatever happens it looks as though Swansea will not budge in their valuation of Williams and will do everything they can to keep a hold of the defender.