Swansea insists striker will not be sold.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has made it clear there is “no way” Michu will be leaving the Liberty Stadium this month.
In the wake of rumoured interest from Arsenal and Russian clubs Zenit St Petersburg and Anzhi Makhachkhala the Dane has again moved to make his position on Michu’s future clear, and wants to avoid being left in the same position as Newcastle following the departure of Demba Ba to Chelsea.
“There is no way he will leave,” said Laudrup. “It is absolutely out of the question.
“One reason is because it is so difficult to get someone in right now, and the second is that he is happy here and doesn’t want to leave.
“Newcastle have just lost their top scorer mid-season and that is obviously very bad. especially because it is not easy to find a guy who scores goals like him.”
SOURCE: London 24
Michael Laudrup has been unequivocal in stating that forward Michu will not be allowed to leave the Liberty Stadium this month – despite interest from Arsenal and mega-rich Russian outfits Zenit and Anzhi.
It’s a far cry from the Dane’s words in the summer, when he seemed open to allowing Liverpool target Joe Allen to leave South Wales before his eventual move to Anfield.
It is hardly surprising that Arsenal are interested in Michu. The Gunners need a new striker and boss Arsene Wenger can hardly have failed to be impressed with the 26-year-old, who scored twice in the Swans surprise 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium in December.
But, after taking the Premier League by storm – grabbing 14 goals in 22 appearances – and coming to the attention of Spain boss Vicente del Bosque (he has, after all, scored twice as many goals as 101-cap Fernando Torres in a more limited team), Michu will have plenty of other suitors.
Laudrup has reportedly slapped a £30m price-tag on the forward’s head and given that thrifty Wenger is always determined to get value for the money, it is hard to see the Frenchman splashing such a hefty sum on a player who has half a season of Premier League experience.
That said, regardless of how attractive their football has been under Laudrup, Swansea remain a “small” club, unlikely to be playing European football next season, and if Michu keeps up this form, it is inevitable that he will be sold to the highest bidder sooner or later.
Player power is everything these days and if the Spaniard fancies joining compatriot Santi Cazorla in North London, Arsenal may just get their man.
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