Arsenal have edged ahead of Liverpool in the January race to sign Michu after the Swansea striker revealed his dream to play in the Champions League, reports the Sunday Express.
The 27-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation ever since bursting onto the Premier League scene at the Liberty Stadium last season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the Spain international to the Emirates Stadium, and will be encouraged by the Swans star's latest comments.
"Every player dreams about playing in big teams, clubs who play in the Champions League and fight for titles," Michu was quoted in the London Metro. "I am no different.
"I’m very happy at Swansea but it is obvious that every player wants to grow up and see how far you can go."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is also understood to be keen to raid his former club for Michu's services, as he looks to strengthen his Anfield squad when the transfer window reopens.
A fee of £15million is being touted as enough to convince Michael Laudrup to part with the former Rayo Vallecano man, who is also believed to be attracting additional interest in Italy from Serie 'A' giants Juventus.
However, the fact that Arsenal are the only interested party still playing in Europe's elite club competition this season, should give them an advantage when it comes to negotiations at the turn of the year.