With Crystal Palace formalising their interest in Swansea captain Ashley Williams yesterday, the Welsh outfit have now turned away our advances and suggested that they will reject any further offers, according to Wales Online.
Eagles boss Alan Pardew had been linked with a £10 million for the powerful Swans defender, but after a few weeks of speculation, Garry Monk and co. have moved to completely douse the flames surrounding their captain’s potential departure, stating that Williams is not for sale at any price.
Whilst much of this is a show of strength from Swansea, it does seem a tad ridiculous to categorically state that the centre-back won’t be leaving The Liberty Stadium, with every player on the planet having a price, but, given the fact that the new league season is just around the corner, it is at least a definitive denial of interest, rather than a moment of bartering over the necessary sum.
In reality, a move for Williams always looked to be unrealistic, with every Swansea fan laughing off talk of him leaving with a well-rehearsed eye roll and a knowing sigh, after seeing off interest from the likes of Arsenal in the past, but with the imposing defender now past 30, a big fee may have been enough to sway the Swans into letting him go.
Now, we can firmly readjust our sights on other defensive targets, with an emphasis placed upon the time it will take us to find a new man, given the fact that Premier League football will resume in just 10 days.
We’d all have loved to see Ashley Williams lining up alongside Scott Dann in August, but for now, Garry Monk and his board are standing firm, and that should be respected.