Laudrup hits out over transfer window amid Arsenal interest
MICHAEL Laudrup has criticised the transfer window amid continuing speculation linking Ashley Williams and Michu with Arsenal.
Laudrup has insisted once again that he has heard nothing from the Gunners despite their alleged interest in two of Swansea City's biggest stars.
There are still 12 days to go before the transfer window closes, but Laudrup says the moment when Swansea will consider any bids for their main men will soon pass.
"They are just rumours. We haven't heard anything," said the Swansea manager.
"I accept the rumours are part of the game but, while they don't affect me, they can affect the players.
"I was at the meeting of Premier League managers in London before the season started, and one of the questions we asked was why we can't move the transfer deadline to before the season starts.
"The big leagues have all started already so it would suit all of us, but we were told there's not a lot of interest in moving the deadline forward.
"I can't understand why that is because I think every manager would be interested in having the window closed by the time the first game starts."
Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a £35 million joint offer for Swansea captain Williams and Michu, last season's 22-goal top-scorer at the Liberty.
Laudrup added: "It would cause huge damage if we lost two players at that level now because you need to find replacements at the same level.
"If you sell someone and then try to buy someone the next day, everybody knows you have money and the price goes up.
"That means we are very, very close to the deadline of this club as far as selling anybody goes."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hit out at Arsenal after they made a bid for Toon midfielder Yohan Cabaye on the eve of their game against Manchester City on Monday.
Cabaye was not picked to face City because he was not in the right frame of mind for the match, and Pardew felt the absence of his midfield playmaker had a big influence on Newcastle's 4-0 defeat.
"I saw what Alan Pardew said, but that is the way the rules are at the moment - Arsenal did nothing illegal," Laudrup said.
"If Arsenal bid for Michu and Ash tomorrow just before we play in Europe, I could say something, but there is nothing that says they can't do it.
"Until the rules are changed, it's a part of the game."
Swansea will be without Nathan Dyer (hamstring) when they host Petrolul Ploiesti tomorrow night, Laudrup has confirmed.
He also says Jonathan de Guzman has an outside chance of being involved.