False! Why talk linking former Arsenal man Alex Song to Manchester City is untrue

Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has been linked to Manchester City. Don't believe it, and let us explain why.

Alex Song in a Manchester City shirt? Sure it is plausible, and that is just why the reports today have taken hold, with national newspaper the Daily Star featuring the story on it's website.

It comes in light of his uncle, Rigobert Song, stating that the former Arsenal man is unhappy with his role at Barcelona since joining the Catalan club last summer.

Song was urged to tough it out by his relative, although there has been talk that he will be a target for either PSG or Inter Milan in the summer.

But to get to the bottom of the Manchester City rumour, you must cut to the source, and that is not The Star.

The rumour originates from Spanish newspaper AS - except it doesn't.

Song is mentioned in a convoluted column written by Manuel Manolete, the paper's transfer expert.

He writes that both Song and Isco are targets for Inter Milan this summer, but the Malaga ace is wanted by Manchester City, who are determined to add Isco to their ranks.

Somewhere in translation City's name has become attached to Song, rather than Isco - because Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb ran the story late last night that the Premier League champions were chasing the Cameroon midfielder.

They referenced AS as the source, but seemingly have got mixed up.

We saw the story ourselves on their website, but upon checking it out saw it to be improperly sourced and decided not to run it.

The same can't be said of The Star who report that AS are claiming Manchester City want to sign Song, even though the paper makes no such claim.

We wouldn't stick our heads on the block and say City will never move for Song, because it is perfectly conceivable they could try to tempt him away; they have a proven track record of signing players with an Arsenal connection.

But as far as this one goes right now, don't believe it.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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