Losing their prolific Spaniard may not be the worst thing for Swansea, while Arsenal could benefit considerably from his services.
It is nothing new to say that if there was an award for bargain signing of the season Swansea’s Spanish forward Michu would be the current holder.
Signed for just £2million from Rayo Vallecano last summer, the 27-year-old took the Premier League by storm, scoring 18 goals in 35 games, with an additional four strikes in eight domestic cup appearances.
It was by far his most prolific campaign to date, having blossomed the previous year in La Liga. And now approaching the peak of his career, many would argue that Michael Laudrup would be crazy to part with such a steady supply of goals.
And yet with reported interest from Arsenal – and with stories of Laudrup’s frustration at a lack of transfer activity at the Liberty Stadium – there is an alternative that may suit both parties.
The Dane may have previously put a hypothetical price-tag of £30million on his star player, but the likelihood is that the Swans would accept considerably less than that. And while Arsenal would have to pay top dollar for either Stevan Jovetic or Gonzalo Higuain, neither has experience of the English top flight. Michu, however, took to it from his very first day.
Swans fans may call me stupid…or worse. But Laudrup has shown exactly the kind of talent he can bring in for minimal outlay.
Should he sell Michu for somewhere close to £20million, he gives the impression of being able to invest that on a number of previously unheralded players, who could not only replace the Spaniard but possibly improve the Swans further.
At the same time, Arsenal would be signing a striker who could assist them in their quest to reclaim some much-missed silverware.
Gunners fans may dismiss the suggestion in favour of a move for at least one world-class marksman. But for all chief executive Ivan Gazidis’s declarations of “escalating” the club’s spending power, they will not wish to spend their entire transfer kitty on one or two players.
For the first time in a long time, Arsenal fans will hope to see additions rather than replacements, meaning very little will be generated by sales. And with the arrival or three or four top-class players, the club could finally get their hands on at least one trophy.
Michu could be one such arrival, with enough money left over to spend big on a defensive midfielder, a centre-back and a new goalkeeper.
Laudrup has already hinted at his transfer wish-list when he said, “They (the board) have all the names of the possible players for our team and all the players, except one, are in Swansea’s level when we talk about transfer and salary.”
With the sale of Michu, perhaps even that “one” could arrive, along with every other player on the list.
It won’t be everyone’s idea of a perfect solution. But one player could ultimately decide two clubs’ fates, in both cases for the better.
Would Swansea fans have faith in Laudrup to bring in a good replacement for Michu? And would Arsenal fans welcome the Spaniard to the Emirates?
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