Arsenal are in the market for a quality defender and reportedly, they are set to make an initial offer of £3million to Swansea for their long term target Ashley Williams.

Swansea bases newspaper South Wales Evening Post has reported that: A £3million bid could be tabled by Arsenal for Swansea City’s Ashley Williams, it has been reported. It follows suggestions that talks over extending his Swansea deal have stalled. With speculation about a possible exit from the Liberty Stadium for Williams growing, Arsenal look to be firm favourites to buy his services.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of Ashley Williams and he also tried to sign him last summer but failed in his attempts. However, Wenger is now ready to make one more attempt to sign him in coming June.

Williams, 29, has just one year remaining on his contract with Swansea and negotiations over his contract extension have not started yet. Reportedly, the player himself is not ready to extend his stay at Liberty Stadium in order to secure a move elsewhere and his situation has not got unnoticed at Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, according to the agent of Jamie Moralee, the player is ready to stay at Liberty Stadium. “Ash’s No. 1 choice is to sign a new deal at Swansea,” Moralee said in the month of March.

“If he can get something sorted out at Swansea, that will be what he wants. Only if we can’t make that happen will we look at option two, three, four or however many there might be.

“This is the most important contract of Ash’s career when you consider his age and that he has a third child on the way.

“We know in our minds what we want to do — but we don’t take anything for granted.

“If the club can match the requirements of what we want, I’m sure a deal can be done.”

But considering the delay in agreeing for the extension of contract, Arsenal management feels that there is an opportunity to lure him away.

Arsenal have the likes of Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen in their ranks. But the Belgian defender Vermaelen is reportedly looking for exit from Emirates Staidum this summer.

Arsenal spent 128 days at the top of Premier League table last season but failed to win the title after losing their lead in the second half of the season. The key reason for falling behind the title race was injuries to the key players and keeping that in mind, Wenger is said to be keen on increasing the depth of his squad.

The other targets of Arsenal for this transfer window include Bayer midfielder Lars Benter and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.