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Laudrup warns Arsenal off striker

Michael Laudrup insists he wants to keep Michu regardless of price

By | 16th August 2013
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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has responded to rumors linking striker Michu with a move to Arsenal, insisting that the club will refuse to sell the player regardless of the price on offer. Michu scored an incredible 18 Premier League goals last season, and has already got off to a blistering start in the Europa League alongside new signing Wilfried Bony.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal’s failure to land Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has forced Arsene Wenger to turn his attention to Michu, but Laudrup has directly and strongly responded to those rumors, warning the Gunners off any potential move for the Spaniard.

“If you are not for sale, you are not for sale – and that’s at any price,” Laudrup said when responding to rumors, according to the Daily Star. “I know it’s all like a game of poker but from my point of view, I don’t want Michu to leave for any amount in the world.

“I think Swansea is in a good financial position and I don’t think if they came in with a big bid very late the reaction would be any different.

“Even if the money is ridiculous, the response from the chairman would be ‘No’ because we would not have time enough to find a replacement. The other problem is that if you sell your best player so late and you can’t find a ­replacement, all you have is the money. So what?”

Michu was widely regarded by supporters as the signing of the season last year after an impressive debut season in England’s top flight, and will go from strength to strength as the Swans prepare for life in the Europa League. Laudrup’s team has already knocked Swedish side Malmo out of the competition after a 4-0 aggregate win, and will be hoping to carry that form into tomorrow’s league opener against champions Manchester United.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are yet to complete a major signing this summer, as Arsene Wenger has only welcomed free transfer Yaya Sanogo to the Emirates ahead of the new season.

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