Forgotten Swansea City star Michu is set to make a shock move to Spanish fourth-tier minnows Langreo after training with the Asturian outfit in recent months. The 29-year-old was linked with a £30m ($46.m) move to Liverpool or Arsenal just two years ago, following an impressive Premier League debut campaign. However, he has since struggled with both form and injuries and has his future very much in limbo.
The one-time Spain international move to the Liberty Stadium in 2012 from Rayo Vallecano for just £2m. Michu became an instant sensation at the club, netting 22 goals in all competitions and being named Swansea City's player of the year as Michael Laudrup's boys won the Capital One Cup.
However, he scored just six goals in an injury-hit second season at the club, before moving on loan to Napoli in an attempt to resurrect his career under Rafa Benitez's. However, he made just five appearances for the Serie A giants and upon his return to Swansea City was informed by Garry Monk that he had no place in his plans.
Celtic, Betis, Granada and Rayo Vallecano were all linked with the player during the recent summer transfer window, but none were willing to pay a fee for a player who has been plagued with injuries in recent years.
Some reports even suggested the striker was considering retirement, but AS has now revealed he is ready to continue his career at Langreo, a club sitting in fifth place of the Spanish fourth division.
The Spanish paper said Michu had been training with Langreo in recent months as his brother, Hernan Perez, is the team's manager. Swansea are yet to give the green light for such a deal to happen and have previously blocked attempts by Michu to move on as a free agent, instead wanting to command a fee for him.
If Michu does move to Langreo, it is expected that he would stay there until January in order to prove his recovery from an ankle injury, at which point he would become more attractive for a bigger club in the transfer window.