Michael Laudrup prepared to lose ‘one player’ this summer.
According to the Daily Express, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is ready to accept that the club may have to sell one player in this summer’s transfer window.
That player seems likely to be defender Ashley Williams, who has attracted strong interest from both Liverpool and Arsenal with his displays this season.
The Swans captain has been in fine form at the back for Laudrup’s side, leading the team to a top half finish in the Premier League, and even silverware in the Capital One Cup.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool are on the lookout for defenders this summer, with the Reds losing Jamie Carragher to retirement and the Gunners possibly selling unsettled skipper Thomas Vermaelen.
Williams is seen as a prime candidate for both clubs, and Laudrup admits he may not be able to keep hold of his star centre-back, especially if he wants the club to continue being active in the transfer market themselves.
“There has been a lot of talk and let’s see what happens,” he said. “He extended his contract not so long ago, like I did. Maybe we have to accept one player will go, but not any more.
“We need some players and we have to strengthen our squad to compete and try to consolidate the team.”
Swansea recently claimed not to have received any offers for Williams, though Arsenal are particularly keen to step up their interest with the opening of the transfer window approaching.
Liverpool, meanwhile, may have turned their attention to Manchester City’s Kolo Toure, who is a free agent this summer.