Serie A giants Napoli should cut their losses on Swansea City loanee Michu.
The Spaniard has spent the majority of his time at the San Paolo stadium on the sidelines, and has been limited to just five appearances for the club as a result.
And with Rafael Benitez’s men currently battling to qualify for the Champions League, the club can afford no passengers and should allow the struggling forward to go elsewhere if it makes room for a replacement.
Michu’s time in Wales with Swansea had made him an exciting signing for Napoli, but his time in Italy has been marred by injuries that have consequently hampered his development as a result.
He initially took the Premier League by storm after arriving from Rayo Vallecano in the summer of 2012, and scored 22 times in all competitions as Michael Laudrup’s men lifted the Capital One Cup and finished ninth in the table.
Monk made call to move Michu on
His second campaign on English shores was more difficult, with the arrival of Wilfried Bony ousting him from the position of team talisman and forcing him to play in a deeper role that ultimately saw him fail to hit the same heights as the season before.
The 28-year-old found the net just six times in 24 appearances, and new manager Gary Monk allowed him to depart in the summer after successfully bringing Gylfi Sigurdsson back to the Liberty Stadium from Tottenham Hotspur.
Napoli’s stuttering start to the season now seems a distant memory, but Benitez knows he must have the best squad possible if they are to finish third in May.
Michu’s languid and lazy style may draw comparisons with former Spurs and Manchester United maverick Dimitar Berbatov, but with the second half of the season fast approaching Benitez cannot afford players whose work rate and fitness is questionable.
The Italian club have also been linked with a stunning move for AC Milan forward Fernando Torres, with Filippo Inzaghi growing increasingly disillusioned with the Chelsea loanee who has struggled to make an impact since moving in the summer.
However Torres’ compatriot may first have to be out of the way before any possible move is made, and Neil Warnock is reportedly leading the race to bring him back to England with struggling Crystal Palace.
Napoli represent the biggest move of Michu’s career to date, but unfortunately for him the club may cut their losses sooner rather than later.
The New Year is a time where resolutions are made and many things change, and it may just be that the Spaniard’s time in Serie A draws to a close and a spell at Selhurst Park beckons.