Liverpool appear to be the favourites to sign Swansea City captain Ashley Williams following the revelation Arsenal had a £9 million offer turned down in the last transfer window. The chances are strong enough that if Unibet were taking bets on transfers, I would be betting online on Williams to Liverpool.
There has been plenty of speculation linking Williams with a move to Anfield this season, with Brendan Rodgers reportedly keen to link up with the star who served under him during his time in charge at Swansea last season.
Rodgers has already signalled his intent to get Liverpool’s summer transfer dealings done quickly, with the club reported to have around £20-25 million to spend on players when the summer window opens. He told the Guardian:
“I think it’s very important to get players in as quick as we possibly can. I think we will be in a much stronger place [than last summer] because we have much of the structure of the team.”
That could place pressure on Liverpool’s owners to sanction a little more extra cash as Williams is likely to cost the other side of £10 million, especially if Arsenal come back with a second offer which will push the price up.
The impending retirement of Jamie Carragher plus the possible departure of out of favour Martin Skrtel, means Liverpool are going to have a very big hole to fill in the middle of their defence.
Williams’ Premier League experience and his leadership ability make him a perfect candidate to join Liverpool and progress the current project that Rodgers has started at the Anfield club.
He also fits the bill physically for Liverpool who will be looking to replace the presence that Carragher gives them in the back four and in particular, the aerial dominance of Skrtel should the former Zenit star go back to his old club.
Liverpool will seemingly be in a better position than ever before under Rodgers when it comes to the transfer market and how to approach going after his first choice transfer targets.
Rodgers was forced to work with a very young and very inexperienced squad at the start of the season, which saw the pressure piled up on the team’s key players which increased the chances of fatigue and injury.
“Everyone is working very hard and everyone is in unison with what we are trying to do. I believe if we get some good work done early it helps us start well,” he added.