Swansea's Michu joins Napoli on loan

AFPJuly 17, 2014
Swansea City's Spanish midfielder Miguel Michu celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park in south London on September 22, 2013
Swansea City's Spanish midfielder Miguel Michu celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park in south London on September 22, 2013 (AFP Photo/Olly Greenwood)

London (AFP) - Swansea City striker Michu has joined Napoli on a season-long loan, with the Italian club also agreeing an option to make the transfer permanent.

Michu, 28, passed a medical with Rafael Benitez's side on Thursday and will link up with the Serie A outfit ahead of their pre-season preparations.

"Swansea City can confirm that Michu has joined Napoli on a season-long loan with an agreed option to buy," a statement on the club's website announced.

"The 28-year-old completed a medical earlier today and will now link up with Rafa Benitez's side ahead of the new campaign."

Michu was a big hit after arriving at the Liberty Stadium in 2012 from Rayo Vallecano in a £2 million ($3.4m, 2.5m euros) deal.

After netting twice on his Premier League debut in a 5-0 win over Queen's Park Rangers, the Spaniard went on to score 22 goals in all competitions as the Swans finished ninth in the Premier League and won the League Cup.

But he struggled to recapture that impressive form last term as injuries took their toll.

It is understood Swansea were keen to agree a permanent transfer for Michu, who managed only two goals in 15 Premier League starts in 2013-14.

But with no takers, they were willing to accept Napoli's loan offer with the proviso that a permanent deal can be arranged in a year's time.

Napoli finished third in Serie A last season, qualifying for the Champions League, and lifted the Coppa Italia for the fifth time in the club's history.

And Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis tweeted a welcome message to Michu on Thursday.

"Benvenuto a Michu" - "Welcome Michu," he wrote on Twitter.