Arsenal weighing up bid for Swansea forward Michu

Arsene Wenger has turned to Swansea City forward Michu in his attempt to bring a new striker to Arsenal, the Daily Mail has reported. Also under consideration by the Gunners manager are Wayne Rooney, Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko and Karim Benzema.

Michu made a telling impact in his first season in the Premier League, netting 22 goals for the Welsh side after a cut-price move to the Liberty Stadium from Spanish side Rayo Vallecano. He also helped Michael Laudrup’s team to victory in the League Cup, beating League Two side Bradford City – who had previously knocked out Arsenal.

Arsenal are said to have been scouting Michu since early in the season, while Wenger is also close to a deal for the Spaniard’s Swansea teammate, centre-back Ashley Williams. But the Michu move is not said to be as far along as that of the Wales captain, with Michu one of a number of possibilities Wenger is mulling over.

Wenger has recently confirmed he would be interested in signing Rooney from Manchester United and are willing to offer the England international a five-year contract, while the former Everton forward’s wages would come out of the £350,000 Arsenal plan to free up by engaging in a clear out of their squad players, with Denilson confirmed as leaving at the end of June.

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