A sensational 2012/13 campaign sparked a skirmish amongst the fattest cats in the Premier League over the signing of Swansea’s Michu.
Lured to England for a bargain bucket £2m after one goal-laden season with Rayo Vallecano, the lackadaisical Spaniard found the net 18 times in his maiden term on foreign shores.
This astounding effort drew admiring glances from those stationed in the upper echelons and, inundated with enquiries, the Swans slapped a £30m deterrent on the player.
Bad fortune followed, with a string of injuries limiting Michu’s involvement the following season, restricting him to two goals in 17 league appearances before he was loaned to Napoli where his luck worsened.
More fitness concerns and a lack of favour with the manager meant the 29-year-old was picked for just three Serie A games.
These two frustrating seasons look to yield a move back to the motherland, with La Liga small fry Granada embroiled in a battle with his former club Rayo over the signing of the forgotten Liberty Stadium favourite.
No fees have been mentioned, but given the calibre of teams in the hunt, it’s extremely unlikely the sum Michu will be sold for compares to the £30m the Swansea once hoped to trouser for their former talisman.
That being the case, it’s a wonder there aren’t any Premier League clubs in the hunt for his budget-friendly services.
If he can stay fit, Michu clearly has the talent and necessary experience to score regularly in the top-flight, but where would he fit?
The Lilywhites are looking for additions in the final third to share the goalscoring burden with Harry Kane and have so far been frustrated in their efforts to bolster the ranks.
Buying another striker for big money is a risky move for Mauricio Pochettino, who shouldn’t be thinking about disrupting the system that delivered so many goals for Kane last term.
This means sticking to a solitary line-leader is key, with three advanced midfielders playing behind.
Michu’s best position is slightly deeper than a bona fide frontman and his acquisition could help forge a threatening threesome with Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli on the flanks.
The Toffees never have much money to spend, so a clearance price such as the one Michu is on the market for must appeal to them.
A lack of goals from the Romelu Lukaku supporting cast was a contributing factor to the humdrum finish the Merseysiders’ mustered in 2014/15, with the top-scoring non-striker in the ranks Kevin Mirallas perpetually linked with a move away from Goodison Park.
Michu could help combat this dire shortage.
Why the Swans aren’t keen on keeping the Spaniard is a bit of a mystery.
His contract may have just a year left to run, but he wasn’t expensively acquired and they don’t stand to make much of a profit on him.
After losing Wilfried Bony to Manchester City, Garry Monk’s men could use more goals and the forwards they’ve drafted in thus far, Andre Ayew and Eder, are anything but guaranteed successes.
Surely giving Michu another season is worthwhile?