Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has valued star striker Michu at £30m, after the Spaniard was linked with moves to Serie A clubs Napoli and Genoa.
The 26 year old transferred to Liberty Stadium in the summer, from Spanish side Rayo Vallecano de Madrid for only £2.2m, but has made a stunning impact on English top flight football with 10 Premier League goals (joint top scorer) and has started every one of the Swans' league games this season. And Michu's form, The Sun reports, has alerted the Italian clubs.
"Italian clubs have asked about Michu and demanded details about his situation. A player that can score 10 times in the Premier League will interest any big club," a Napoli insider was quoted in The Sun.
The forward starred in last weekend's defeat of Arsenal at the Emirates, scoring twice in the final minutes to seal a famous win for the Welsh side.
"I don't want to let him go, sometimes the offer can be so big you have to accept but I really don't think clubs are going to pay so much money for him. We have the example of what Liverpool paid for Joe Allen, if they have to pay double for Michu there are few clubs who could afford that," Laudrup, a former Barcelona star, said.
"Joe went to Liverpool and you know more or less what they paid for him, but a guy who has scored many goals must be worth a lot more, so you work out the figures. I don't think anyone will come with that money so he will stay here," Laudrup added.
The club are seventh in the league, before the weekend's matches kick-off, and are only three points off a top four place. And talkSport reports club chairman Huw Jenkins will provide funds in January to strengthen the squad.
"It is always our aim to improve the squad, whether in January or next summer. We will always look to do that. There could be one or two coming in January. A few in January would help us and we will have funds ready to make sure we bring a few in. But we have to make sure they are the right players for our system," Jenkins said.