Swansea City tell Arsenal that star player will not be sold – no matter what the price.
Arsenal have been told not to bid for Swansea City forward Michu by their manager Michael Laudrup.
The Danish coach holds his star player in high regard, and does not want to have to look for a replacement at this late stage of the transfer window – a mere day before the Premier League campaign commences.
“If you are not for sale, you are not for sale – and that’s at any price,” Laudrup told the Daily Star.
“I know it’s all like a game of poker but from my point of view, I don’t want Michu to leave for any amount in the world.
“I think Swansea is in a good financial position and I don’t think if they came in with a big bid very late the reaction would be any different.
“Even if the money is ridiculous, the response from the chairman would be ‘No’ because we would not have time enough to find a replacement. The other problem is that if you sell your best player so late and you can’t find a replacement, all you have is the money. So what?
“Why be the richest club in the league. What is that worth?”
“Anyway, I have not discussed this matter with anyone because I am convinced that Michu wants to stay with us.
“I spoke to him last year when there was talk and he asked me if I was going to stay on as manager. I told him ‘Yes’.
“He told me he wanted to stay too.”
Spanish ace Michu scored 22 goals for Swansea City last season, including eighteen in the Premier League.
The Gunners have seemingly turned to the Swansea City attacker after struggling to secure moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez.