Report: Aston Villa join race for Swansea City striker Michu


The claret and blues are reported to have made an approach the unsettled Spaniard, who is also believed to be on Celtic's radar.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is believed to be keen to add another striker to his squad before the summer transfer window closes and, according to El Decano Deportivo, his latest target is Swansea City misfit Michu.

Michu, 29, originally joined Swansea from Rayo Vallecano in July 2012 for around £2 million and went on to score 18 times in 35 games in his debut season in the Premier League, while helping the club seal a ninth-place finish and win the League Cup in the process.

The Spaniard’s second campaign in Wales proved somewhat less productive, however, as injuries restricted him to just two goals in 17 top-flight appearances, while claims of a fall-out with team officials also seemed to affect his performance.

As a result, the former Real Oviedo product was shipped out to Napoli last summer on a season-long loan with a view to a full-time move, but an ankle operation meant he featured just six times for the Italian side, who decided against making his spell permanent.

 Premier League SeasonGoalsGoals MINSTotal ShotsShots MINSShooting AccuracyAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Miguel Pérez Cuesta 2012-2013 18 167.61 110 27.43 31% 2 34 79% 35 3,017
Michu 2013-2014 2 644.5 42 30.69 31% 2 25 80% 17 1,289

Now in limbo with another 12 months left on his Swansea deal, the unsettle front man has since been linked with a host of clubs across Europe, with El Decano Deportivo naming Real Betis as a keen suitor, along with teams in Serie A and Ligue 1.

However, the Sevilla-based newspaper also claims that Michu wants to continue his Premier League career and adds that Aston Villa have now joined the race for his signature, lodging a bid which has “quite seduced” the one-time capped international.

Another British team – believed to be Celtic [h/t Scotsman] – is also said to be in the discussion but no other formal offers are claimed to have been made for the Swans misfit, while the report notes that Betis will find it difficult to match the claret and blues' approach.

Sherwood currently has Gabby Agbonahlor, new boys Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew and the fit-again Libor Kozak as options up top, but another goalscorer is expected to arrive at the club in the coming weeks.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor had been the ex-Spurs head coach’s primary target earlier this month but, with talks with the polarising forward since breaking down, Wolverhampton Wanderers hotshot Benik Afobe has emerged this week as a possible alternative [h/t Birmingham Mail].

With Wolves insisting that the ex-Gunners prospect will not be sold, though, Michu could well be a more viable option for the claret and blues.

The versatile attacker is available for a cut-price fee and, though his reported £40,000-per-week wages might have scared some suitors off, his previous Premier League success and experience operating as an attacking midfielder comes as an added bonus.

El Decano Deportivo’s report stresses that no agreement has been reached between Villa and Swansea at this stage but, with Michu expected to move on at some stage this month, it would not come as a surprise if the West Midlands was his eventual destination.

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