Michael Laudrup has barely got his feet under the table at Swansea, but he’s already making his mark in the transfer market.
After Brendan Rodgers left for Anfield, Swansea were looking for someone to continue their passing legacy and Laudrup, a man whose roots are buried deep within the footballing DNA of Spain, seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
And now Laudrup’s experience is Spain is shining through in South Wales, as swoops for Jonathan de Guzman, defender Chico and Rayo Vallecano’s goalscoring midfielder Michu have been completed.
But now Laudrup is looking to bring in another striker to complement Danny Graham by moving for Getafe’s Venezuelan international Miku.
Formerly of Valencia, the 26 year old striker has become a target for Swansea, according to reports in Spain. He hasn’t been incredibly prolific for Getafe with 19 La Liga goals in 70 appearances, but he’s quick and works hard – he’d certainly offer something different to Graham from the speed perspective.
Getafe are believed to want around €10 million for their star striker – which is approximately £8m. Swansea have been very shrewd so far, signing proven La Liga stars Chico and Michu for £2m each – bargains, given what they have shown over in Spain. But £8m for Miku? This seems excessive to me.
The likelihood is that Swansea will continue to play a 4-2-1-3 system as Rodgers, Sousa and Martinez before him have done, meaning just one central striker will play. Given Graham’s success in the Premier League last year, it’s hard to see that he’ll be out of the team – leaving Miku with a role on the bench, which begs the question – why pay £8m for a striker who won’t start?
Don’t get me wrong, I like Miku – but Getafe want a lot of money for someone who hasn’t been all that impressive for them. For about £4m I’d be very much on board with this signing but at it’s current value? Steer clear, Swansea.
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