Michu’s new deal at Swansea means he just got even more expensive for any side looking to sign him.
Michu has been one of the bargains and players of the season so far. He signed for Swansea City from Ray Vallecano in a deal worth £2 million last summer and has just signed a new contract until 2016.
His early season for saw him linked with a variety of different clubs across England and Europe with a fee of £30 million being quoted by Michael Laudrup in one interview, suggesting that no club could afford him.
Those rumours haven’t gone away and the extended contract increases his value to Swansea meaning any side looking to bid for him could now be forced to pay close to £50 million for his services.
It seems to have been a very easy decision for the Spaniard to sign on at the club. He is the first choice striker, the team is built around him and he’s currently being watched by individuals connected to the Spanish national team.
“I am living a dream here at Swansea. I'm probably enjoying my football more than ever. It's easy to play with this team and I have the chance to reach the first final of my career,” said Michu after signing his new deal.
His effect on Swansea is so significant that in terms of goalscorers, any big club that now needs a striker is going to be linked with him.
When that original figure of £30 million was produced out of thin air by the Swansea boss, it was a reaction to a question that shows how highly regarded Michu is at Swansea.
With £50 million paid for Fernando Torres by Chelsea and £35 million spent on Andy Carroll by Liverpool, who’s to say that a club won’t shell out close to that for a goalscorer of Michu’s quality and consistency.
That could well have been the case for Swansea getting him to extend his initial contract. If that is the case then Laudrup and officials at the Swans deserve massive credit for using initiative and foresight.
For now, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for him to go elsewhere because Swansea are just going to get stronger and stronger over the rest of the season and next season.
After holding off Chelsea in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final, they have a massive chance at securing some silverware as they face League Two side Bradford City in the final at Wembley.
Michu's dream could be about to get even better.
Are you happy Swansea fans? How much would you sell Michu for?
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