Alex Song could be heading back to Arsenal as Barcelona exit looks likely with the Cameroon international struggling to cement a permanent place in the Catalans’ starting XI and is keen on a return to England.
Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has put Premier League clubs on red alert by revealing that he plans on returning to England.
The ex-Arsenal midfielder moved to Camp Nou in 2012, but has failed to make himself a regular first team player, more often than not playing second fiddle to Sergio Busquets. And now is reportedly eyeing a return to the Premier League after being told he can leave Barcelona this summer, according to the Mirror.
Last campaign, Song made only 20 appearances in La Liga and this season he has only 17 league appearances under his belt. Yet his stock remains high in the Premier League, with the likes of Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham and West Ham all keeping tabs on his situation.
The former Arsenal man speaking in an interview on French TV station BeIN Sport, said: “If I leave Barcelona it will be to return to the Premier League.”
“I will return to England one day, that’s for sure.”
Everton boss Roberto Martinez is interested as he makes contingency plans for Gareth Barry leaving Goodison Park once his year-long loan spell from Manchester City is up.
Sam Allardyce would move for Song if Mohamed Diame moves on, while Tottenham will seek a replacement for Sandro if the injury-hit Brazilian leaves the Lane.
But reports are suggesting that the 26-year old ex-gunner would return to his former club Arsenal as close sources say that the Emirates remains his first choice. following Also, the situation surrounding fellow teammate and former captain – Cesc Fabregas who currently is unsettled at Barcelona; with the fans at the Nou Camp wanting him out in the summer.
The captain moved to his home town club in 2011 before Song rejoined him at the Nou Camp a year latter. But with Cesc eyeing a move back to the Emirates where he was once loved and adored by the fans it is likely that the Cameroonian would follow suite as he looks to secure more playing time on the pitch – something which he has been starved of since joining the Catalan giants.
In my own opinion, a move for song is very feasible with the legs of Mikel Arteta somewhat wearing off, a Song to Arsenal move would certainly secure that position again for the gunners with the player currently valued at £10 million – a fee Arsenal can very much afford in the summer.