Arsenal weigh up £25m bid for Swansea forward Michu
Arsenal are considering a £25m bid for Swansea star Michu as they seek alternatives to Luis Suarez.
With Suarez now staying at Liverpool for the coming season, the Spanish forward has been tipped as a second-choice option for Arsene Wenger.
Saturday’s disappointing 1-3 home defeat to Aston Villa has given the Gunners’ transfer activity a renewed sense of urgency as they find themselves on the verge of a fans’ revolt.
The Swans are in no such hurry to sell last season’s bargain buy. Ironically, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins reportedly has a Suarez-esque gentleman’s agreement with Michu that he will allow the player to move for bids above £25m. But the Welsh side are not prepared to be haggled down from that asking price.
The 27-year-old, signed for £2m from Rayo Vallecano just 12 months ago, is contracted at the Liberty Stadium until June 2016. Jenkins offered him a new deal in January, just months into his first contract at the club, when he realised demand for the player was likely to be high after his impressive showing in the Premier League.
He ended the season with 18 goals in 35 games. The arrival of Wilfried Bony for £12m means the Swans are no longer solely reliant on those goals, but Michael Laudrup would love to keep Michu and Bony as a partnership.