At the height of his Swansea career Michu was a Spanish international regularly linked with a move to Arsenal and valued at well in excess of £20m.
Yesterday Rayo Vallecano sporting director Felipe Minambres confirmed the club had submitted an offer to bring the player back to Spain and were awaiting his decision.
In reporting on these latest developments Wales Online also confirmed that the 29-year-old was surplus to requirements at the Liberty Stadium:
‘While the door was open for a return to Garry Monk’s squad after the flopped loan spell in Italy, it was quickly made clear the Spaniard’s future lay elsewhere with pre-season training starting without him.’
Not much more than two years ago he had been spearheading the Swans’ conquest of their first ever domestic cup.
So just what on earth happened to Miguel Perez Cuesta, as his mother calls him, in the interim?
His first preliminary discussions over a shock loan move to Napoli took place just two weeks after Michael Laudrup’s departure from the club.
While there was no falling out between him and Laudrup’s successor Garry Monk, the Spaniard was known to be very close to the man who brought him to Wales.
However, the truth is that injuries played a huge part in the waning of a talent with the rare fortune to embody a footballing construct, that of the absolute bargain, in much the same way Claude Makelele became the face of defensive midfield in the early noughties.
A horrendous run of mishaps began in November 2013, which was to see him miss no fewer than 60 games (15 for Swansea and 45 during his blighted 2014/15 loan spell at Napoli) over the last two seasons.
Somewhere in between those two blighted campaigns relations with the Swans board seem to have soured to the extent that there is now no hope of his returning to a squad where he still has many friends and admirers.
Not least among them is stalwart and captain Ashley Williams, who the Daily Mail quote as saying the following:
‘He is a friend of mine. He is such a good player and popular within the squad and we would be buzzing if he did come back.
‘But I don’t know how he and the club feel about it all.’