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Arsenal are reportedly looking to table a bid for Swansea City captain Ashley Williams, who is believed to be keen on leaving the Welsh club this summer.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had tried to lure Williams to the Emirates last summer but they were discouraged after Swansea put a £10m price tag on the Wales international.

But now the 29-year-old, who has only a year remaining on his current contract with the Swans, has rejected a contract extension and put in a transfer request, according to the Metro.

The report adds that Arsenal feel Swansea will now be forced to sell Williams for cut-price deal, and are ready to make a £3m offer, to snap up the defender. 

However, Arsenal may face some competition for Williams as both Napoli and Lille, along with a few Premier League clubs, are also understood to be interested in acquring his services.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are also looking to sign Schalke right-back Atsuto Uchida as a direct replacement for Bacary Sagna, according to the Daily Star.

The Japan international attracted a lot of attention after a series of good performances in bith the Bundesliga and the Champions League, where Schalke were knocked out in the round of 16 by eventual winners Real Madrid.

Wenger, who has been keeping an eye on Uchida for some time, is reportedly considering an a move for the 26-year-old, who is rated at £5m.

Arsenal are also weighing up an approach for Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall, according to the Telegraph.

Arsenal are desperate to add a new stopper to their ranks as Lukasz Fabianski is set to leave the Emirates after refusing to sign a new contract, while Emiliano Viviano is set to return to Palermo after an unsuccesful loan spell; leaving Wojciech Szczesny as the only senior goalkeeper in their squad.

The report suggests that Wenger is ready to fork out £15m for Marshall, who side Cardiff was relegated from the Premier League this season.

The Scot was one of the few players who managed to shine for the Bluebirds in their disappointing debut season in the Premier league. The 29-year-old tried his best to keep Cardiff in the top fight by making several spectacular saves, and limiting the damage whereever possible.

Though Marshall's efforts were not enough to keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League, his performances certainly did not go unnoticed, and he was also voted as Cardiff City's Player of the Season.

And Wenger feels Marshall will be a good addition and will provide cover and competition to Szczesny.