Gunners will now switch their focus back to powerful Swansea centre back instead.
Arsenal have been hit with yet another blow in their efforts to beef up their under-strength squad this summer after it emerged that Manchester City were unwilling to allow defender Micah Richards to move to the Emirates this season, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The north London club are currently in the midst of a major defensive crisis following injuries to the likes of club captain Thomas Vermaelen and left-back Nacho Monreal, while centre-back Laurent Koscielny is also now suspended following his red card against Aston Villa at the Emirates in the club’s shock opening-day 3-1 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.
All of which has since forced under-pressure Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger into the summer transfer market before the window slams shut once and for all for business for the year on Sept 2, with the Frenchman having earmarked Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams and City’s utility defender Richards as his top-two priorities.
However, it is understood that Wenger had put on hold all moves for the Swans’ £11 million-rated centre back while he pushed through Richards’s expected transfer to north London, with the some-time England international having indicated a desire to join the club he supported as a boy.
That £15m move for City’s right back is not now expected to happen after his club blocked the transfer owing to their own current injury crisis at the back at Eastlands, meaning Wenger will have to concentrate on landing Williams instead.
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