Is Liverpool, Arsenal target Michu really worth £30m?

Swansea City are after a massive fee if they were to part with their star forward.

Media reports this morning indicate that Swansea City owner Huw Jenkins feels that the club should demand a large fee for their talismanic Michu, with manager Michael Laudrup’s valuation of the Spaniard now reaching £30m..

‘We’ve seen with Tottenham [Hotspur] and Gareth Bale that every player has a price,' Jenkins is quoted to have said by the Daily Express. 'We are not in that bracket with Tottenham, but they sold a top player. We are realistic about that side of things.

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‘I would say Michael was about right with his valuation of Michu if you look at the current market, but this call-up enhances that further.’

Liverpool and Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in the forward who has just been called up to the Spanish national squad and is expected to inherit the number 7 shirt. To be called up to the squad of the European and World Champions is automatically going to put an extra few million on his price tag so he could be worth more than the £30m suggested by Laudrup.

Is he really worth this amount? It is certainly a steep rise from the £2.2m paid to Rayo Vallecano for his services, and his first season in English football would certainly reflect that the Swans have had more than their money’s worth.

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His five goals and five assists in 13 appearances so far this season shows he is not suffering from second season syndrome as he is building on the 22 goals in all competition that he netted in his opening season in South Wales.

Certainly in a market that is over-inflated, Michu would command a significant amount of money from any club, at least over £20m, then again it is hard to imagine a player of such capabilities and in such good form costing much less around five years ago.

No-one can blame Swansea for slapping such a price tag on him given the effect he has had on both the club, and the league as a whole.

Is he worth £30m? Well that depends if a club feels it’s a price worth paying.

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