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Laudrup: 'Few' Clubs Could Afford Michu

Swansea City coach Michael Laudrup, whose team defeated Chelsea 2-0 in the first-leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal on Wednesday, declared that only a few teams in the world could afford his star striker Michu, who scored his 16th goal of the season in the game at Stamford Bridge.

"I'm not the one putting the price tag on him,” Laudrup said. “We all know the situation, the economic situation in the world, so there really aren’t that many clubs who can buy him. There are some here. In Spain there are only two. Italy, I don’t think so. They’re trying to sell. Bayern Munich in Germany ... so only a few, few clubs.”

Purchased from Rayo Vallecano for just over $3.2 million last summer, Michu has turned out to be the undisputed bargain of the season in England. At that price, The Telegraph says his goals have worked out to around $200,000 per goal. When you compare that to Chelsea’s $80 million striker Fernando Torres, whose 26 goals in two years work out to around $3.2 million per goal, Michu looks like a steal.

Torres had better watch out, too: Michu’s performances have caught the eye of Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, who has given the Swansea man his first-ever call-up for the friendly against Uruguay on Feb. 6. 

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