Arsenal's search for a goalscorer continues, and once again Swansea City's Michu is a name linked.
The Mirror reported 'Swansea's Michu opens the door to Arsenal transfer in January', reporting the following quotes:
"Every player dreams about playing in big teams, clubs who play in the Champions League and fight for titles, I am no different.
"I’m very happy at Swansea but it is obvious that every player wants to grow up and see how far you can go."
This January, far more than last, Arsenal will fancy their chances.
A year ago Michu had been at Swansea just a matter of months, announcing himself on the Premier League stage in prolific manner with a run of goals, which included a match-winning brace at The Emirates.
It prompted manager Michael Laudrup to issue a stunning valuation of the player, at double the price they sold Joe Allen to Liverpool for at £15m.
"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."
After Michu broke into the Spain squad this Autumn, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins insisted that valuation still stands.
"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. We know we have a very talented player and naturally we want to keep him."
That valuation is aimed at deterring clubs, knowing £30m plus for a 27-year-old who has never played Champions League football is a gamble many clubs may not want to take.
Which is why the only way Arsenal could realistically sign the Spaniard is if they do so cut-price.
If they were to submit a low bid of around half the amount, the Gunners could hope Michu becomes agitated and attempts to force the move through.
Seeing their star man unsettled may force Swansea to reconsider their valuation, and realise that £15 million for a player who has scored just two Premier League goals all season would be a good deal.
Last season the Spaniard netted 18 Premier League goals, form he is surely capable of if surrounded by players of the like of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil.
It may be a difficult deal for Arsenal to pull off in mid-season, but if they are to do so then don't expect them to pay the current asking price.
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