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Liverpool will face a battle to land summer target Ashley Williams with Arsenal ready to step up their interest in the Swansea City defender.
The ECHO revealed last month that Williams, 28, is high on Brendan Rodgers' shortlist as he looks to strengthen his Reds squad in the close-season.
The Wales captain is valued at around £12m by Swansea, with Rodgers keen to persuade Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's owners, to sanction a deal.
Liverpool, however, value the player closer to £8m, and hope they can use his already-strong relationship with Rodgers as a tool to convince him to move to Merseyside.
Arsenal's interest in Williams, though, is serious. Reports that the Gunners had a £9m bid rejected by Swansea in January are wide of the mark, but it is understood that they are now ready to make a formal offer, though their hopes of landing him could depend on whether or not they secure Champions League football next season.
Williams still has three years remaining on his current Swansea contract and, in a financial sense at least, the Welsh side have no pressing need to sell.