No Swans swoop for Negredo

Michael Laudrup has ruled Swansea out of a move for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.

Last Updated: 26/04/13 at 16:30 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Carlo Ancelotti turns down AC Milan

Post comment

Carlo Ancelotti has turned down the chance to return to AC Milan, telling the club he needs rest.

Jose Mourinho dismisses Diego Costa Chelsea reports

Post comment

Jose Mourinho insists Diego Costa is content at Chelsea in response to reports linking him with a return to Atletico Madrid.

All Articles

Negredo: Out of Swansea's reach

Negredo: Out of Swansea's reach

Michael Laudrup has ruled Swansea out of a move for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, saying the club do not have the financial muscle to compete for the Spain international.

Laudrup is known to be keen to bring in Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo, but reports in Spain had suggested Swansea had entered the race to snap up £13million-rated Negredo, who has scored 18 goals in La Liga this season.

But with Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle reportedly among the clubs monitoring 27-year-old Negredo, Laudrup does not believe the Liberty Stadium will be his destination.

He said: "I don't think that's possible because there are other teams that want him and we are talking double figures in terms of a transfer fee.

"It is out of our league, we cannot pay 10, 12 or £14million for a player."

Laudrup is keen to bolster his striking options for next season to ease the burden on Michu, who has scored 21 goals during a stunning maiden campaign in English football.

While the Spaniard has primarily been used as a striker due to his goalscoring record, he prefers to play as an attacking midfielder.

"Michu has done way beyond what any of us could ask of him," said Laudrup.

"He has scored 17 league goals and over 20 in all competitions.

"It is true in the last four or five games he has had chances he would have scored earlier in the season, but when you are talking about players like that there will be moments they just touch the ball and it will go in, other times it won't.

"But he is always there when there is a chance. Against Norwich he had two or three chances and against Tottenham as well.

"Maybe he is not scoring now as he did before, but that is because it was way above what we could ask from him.

"He is our goalscorer but we cannot put everything on his shoulders, everyone has to score. But when there is a chance you can count on him to be there."

Swansea travel to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday looking to end a run of five games without a win.

The Swans are undefeated in their three games against the Blues this season, keeping two clean sheets in the Capital One Cup semi-final meetings between the sides.

"We have done well against them, and this is our fourth game this season.

"It was an intense game in the league here where we got a late equaliser from Pablo Hernandez to make it 1-1.

"The two semi-finals were special games because of their importance to the club, but we will play a team who it seems are almost playing every day at the moment.

"They have one foot in the Europa League final, but Sunday is maybe more important for them. They are playing for a Champions League spot, which for a club of their size is most important."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Names in frame for FIFA top job

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced he will step down from the role, we look at the candidates to replace him.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Timeline leading to resignation of FIFA boss

We look back on the timeline of events which culminated in Sepp Blatter announcing his resignation as president of FIFA.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company