Swansea City would fend off Arsenal bid for Michu - Laudrup
MICHAEL Laudrup believes Swansea City's owners would turn down all offers for Michu despite fresh speculation linking Arsenal with the Spanish star.
Reports claim Arsene Wenger could turn to Michu amid a growing feeling that Luis Suarez will not be joining the Gunners.
Laudrup conceded that a megamoney offer for any player would make Swansea think.
But he argues it is now too late in the transfer window — which closes on September 2 — for Swansea to sell one of their key performers.
"I have not even discussed the idea of Michu leaving with anyone as I am so convinced that he wants to stay here this season," Laudrup said.
"I don't want Michu to leave for any amount in the world, but if someone comes in and gives an absolutely ridiculous bid then I can understand if the player or the club say this is way beyond what we could expect in the future.
"But economically this club are very good, and I think if they (Arsenal) came in with a late bid, the reaction from the board and chairman will be 'no' even if the money is ridiculous, because we would not have time to find a replacement who is near enough to the same standard.
"You could say we got the money, but why be the richest club in the Championship? What is that worth?"
Michu signed an extended contract with Swansea back in January which ties him to the club until 2016.
And Laudrup is confident last term's 22-goal leading scorer has no desire to move on this summer.
"I spoke to him last season when he extended his contract," the Dane added. "He asked me about my contract and I said I am going to stay here. He said so am I.
"You can never say 100 per cent as everybody has a price and a club.
"If Barcelona or Madrid came in for Michu, who is Spanish, well, I think you say there are some trains that only pass once. But I think he will stay here."
Michu is set to start behind Wilfried Bony tomorrow as Swansea bid to begin the new Premier League season in style against Manchester United.
And Laudrup hopes the 27-year-old will thrive in his favourite role.
"Michu is an offensive midfielder who can play centre-forward, and he will be a goalscorer wherever he plays," he said.
"But 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.
"Then he can come in from that second line where he is so gifted."