By Mark Finlay
Michael Laudrup the manager of Swansea City has said that even a ridiculous bid from Arsenal would not be enough money to sign the clubs star striker.
Arsenal are having a summer of discontent when it comes to signing new players failing in almost every attempt to sign the players they go for including Luis Suarez, with manager Arsene Wenger now looking at Michu as an alternative.
The 27-year-old Spaniard enjoyed a dream start in the Premiership last season scoring 22 goals for the Welsh club, not bad for a man the Swans paid Rayo Vallecano only £2 million for.
Laudrup says he values the striker at £30 million, and says it would be too late to let him go now with so little time left in the transfer window in order to replace him.
“I think economically the club is very good,” said Laudrup. “I know if they (Arsenal) came in with a very late bid, I know that the reaction from the board and chairman will be ‘No’, even if the money is ridiculous, as we will not have time enough to find a replacement who is near enough to the same standard.
“You can say we would get a lot of money but why be the richest club in the championship? What is that worth?
“I spoke to Michu last year and he extended his contract and asked me about mine and I said ‘I am going to stay here’, and he said, ‘So am I’.”
Wilfried Bony has joined Swansea from Vitesse Arnhem this summer for £12 million, with his arrival allowing Michu to fall back into his preferred midfield attacking role.
Laudrup said: “Michu is an offensive midfielder who can play centre-forward but he will be a goalscorer wherever he plays.
“He is not only a goalscorer who is up there, waiting. When he plays in midfield he is working very hard and physically he has a presence and fills a lot of space as well.
“I see him more as an offensive midfielder. He can come in from that second line where he is so gifted.
“Of his 22 goals last season, I think 20 of his goals were first touch which shows how effective he is.”