A few eyebrows were raised when Barcelona signed Alex song from Arsenal in the first place. He’s struggled to have an impact and French club Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly mulling over an offer for him.
He went to the Nou Camp as the gritty, aggressive, determined sort of player that many said Barcelona needed to protect the more influential stars in the team.
PSG certainly have the funds at their disposal which would allow them to pay any transfer fee Barcelona desire and any personal terms which Song’s representatives ask for.
However, he just because he hasn’t been a brilliant impact player for Barcelona doesn’t mean that he’s not a good player and a number of other clubs could be interested in his availability.
What gives PSG the upper hand is not only their financial power but what they are trying to achieve as a club.
PSG should represent to Song the chance to play Champions League football, guaranteed each season. It should also present him with the chance to win trophies that he has never won before and a chance to experience football in another country.
Considering he speaks French it would also make sense linguistically and would also mean that he would be closer to friends and family he still has in London from his Arsenal days.
The chances of a Premier League side coming in for him are strong because Song is the sort of player who fits the bill for many sides at the moment and is a proven player.
Chelsea may be interested in him considering Frank Lampard is leaving the club at the end of the summer. Arsenal may also want him back although Arsene Wenger has been reluctant in the past to re-sign players he originally sold.
The Blues need a solid central midfielder, and Song is just that. He is proven in the Premier League, and can do it all, tackle, score, and create.
Importantly his versatility also means he can fill in at central defence, who knows, he and David Luiz could even rotate on occasion. For Chelsea and Song the deal may just work as the Blues will be more likely to help him win the medals and trophies he failed to secure with Arsenal.
Both Manchester clubs may also throw their names into the equation with Song a possible replacement for Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs at United and for Yaya Toure at City who, ironically, has also been linked with a move to PSG.
All of the power in this matter still lays with Barcelona because nothing will happen while Tito Vilanova is still recovering from further surgery in his fight against cancer.
This suggests that if Song is going to leave Barcelona, it won’t be until the summer, by which time there could be at last half a dozen clubs seriously interested in him.
Should Song leave Barcelona? If he does, where do you think he will go?
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