The London Evening Standard has reported that Arsenal are sizing up bids for Swansea pair, Michu and Ashley Williams.
Arséne Wenger has come under pressure from the club’s supporters to spend money, a lack of which has left the squad threadbare at the most. Wenger has admitted he wants “two or three” signings and is now considering moving for a couple of players he has tracked for some time. Arsenal are trying to land their now principal target, Luis Suarez, but a deadlock in negotiations means that they have to look at alternative targets. Michu was bought by Swansea for £2m last season, a player for who Swansea are demanding a fee of £25m. Arsenal might be reluctant to pay such a high amount for him, but if negotiations with Liverpool for Suarez go nowhere, the Spaniard could be a viable option for the Gunners.
Arsenal have been linked to Ashley Williams since the start of the transfer window and have even had a bid worth around £6m turned down by the Welsh club. Arsenal are in desperate need of reinforcement at the centre back position, since Thomas Vermaelen is out for a couple more months and both Sagna and Gibbs have big injury scares after the match against Villa.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal board member, and currently the honorary vice-chairman, Lady Bracewell-Smith has claimed on Twitter that he made a mistake by selling her shares to Stan Kroenke, the current majority shareholder of Arsenal. She wrote, ‘What a shame the board recommended a Kroenke takeover and paid Rothchilds 3m fee. And how deeply I regret selling to Kroenke. #AFC’
Bracewell-Smith also called for Alisher Usmanov to have a seat on the board and again called for the return of David Dein to help Wenger negotiate on transfers.
‘Bring David Dein and give Usmanov representation on the board if we are to have success going forward. #AFC’, she said.
The comments have since been deleted from her timeline.