Exclusive: Barca target Gunners midfielder
Published 22:59 12/11/11 By Steve Stammers
Alex Song is a target for European champions Barcelona.
The 24-year-old Arsenal midfield player is seen as the ideal replacement for Mali international Seydou Keita who plans to quit the Camp Nou next June.
Song has impressed Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger this season and Arsenal have already made one attempt to secure the Cameroon international on a longer deal.
There are still more than three years to run on his current contract but Wenger views Song as a major asset as his versatility has seen him play him in both central defence and midfield.
Arsenal’s initial offer was rejected — but Wenger is determined and is certain to come back in an attempt to keep Song for another four years at least.
If Song refuses the offer Barcelona are ready to swoop next summer.
They are ready to pay more than £15million and manager Pep Guardiola will first talk to former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas — who moved to Barcelona from Arsenal for £35m in the summer — rates his ex-team-mate highly so that will tempt Guardiola.
Song is reluctant to uproot his family from London, but might well be tempted by the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play for the team currently rated the best in world football.