Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has warded of potential suitors of his bargain goal-machine Michu in the run up to the January transfer window, claiming interested parties will have to cough up £30 million for the Spaniard.
The 26-year-old stunned the Emirates with his brace last Saturday in their late 2-0 victory over Arsenal, taking his goal tally to 10 and making him joint top-goalscorer in the league along with Demba Ba, Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie the two latter cost £47 million between them whilst Newcastle got Ba on a free transfer and Michu cost just £2 million.
Ba is linked with a number of clubs in the run up to the January transfer window – his release clause reportedly £7.5 million could be triggered, forcing the North East giants to sell their star striker at a bargain price.
But Laudrup is keen to hang on to his goal-machine who transferred to the Welsh side in the summer from Rayo Vallecano. There have already been rumours of his capture by a number of Swansea’s Premier League rivals but his manager has insisted the club would want double the £15 million fee Liverpool paid to bring Joe Allen to Anfield.
"I don't want to let him go, sometimes the offer can be so big you have to accept but I really don't think clubs are going to pay so much money for him,” said Laudrup.
The Spaniard was practically unheard of before his move to the Premier League and now looks set to earn a call up to the star-studded Spanish national team. Understandably, his manager is keen to keep a hold of him, after the club lost one its brightest future prospects along with their manager, both to Liverpool at the end of last season.
"We have the example of what Liverpool paid for Joe Allen, if they have to pay double for Michu there are few clubs who could afford that. Joe went to Liverpool and you know more or less what they paid for him, but a guy who has scored many goals must be worth a lot more, so you work out the figures.”
Allen cost £15 million the maths is relatively easy, even for a sports journalist, and I’m inclined to agree with Laudrup when he added,
"I don't think anyone will come with that money so he will stay here."
Michu is a very talented player who has made the most of his move to the Premier League and is clearly enjoying his football at Swansea. But, at 26 years of age, £30 million is just a little too hefty a fee to shell out.
Transfer fees also represent the player’s potential worth, both in financial terms and in terms of goals and ability. If Michu were 21 or even 23 like Joe Allen, he might just about be worth over £20 million.
But I just wonder if an offer came in for him around that mark, whether Laudrup (and the board) might be tempted to cash in despite their bravado? I think a fee of half that might even test their resolve.
After all, he only cost £2 million and there’s always plenty more fish in the sea.
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