Alex Song has said today he is keen to stay at Barcelona, but Manchester United should try to change his mind.
For amid all the unsubstantiated rumour about Robin van Persie's unhappiness at the club, they could further act to counter such an event by signing one of his closest pals.
Cameroon international Alex Song has struggled slightly in Spain, but in the Premier League he proved over several seasons his ability.
With United struggling in central midfield, bringing in an experienced performer such as the ex-Gunner would be a no-brainer if he is available, especially at the discussed price of £10 million.
It was Van Persie's departure from Arsenal which prompted Song to move on himself, and he surely would not turn down the chance to be reunited with the Dutchman.
In his final season at the club, Song demonstrated a facet to his game not showcased in previous seasons, his range of passing and ability to hit an accurate long ball.
Two of the sensational volleyed winners Robin van Persie scored against Everton and Liverpool were delivered through the passes of Song, with 11 assists recorded in the 2011/12 season in total.
And here's another link. Song's agent is Darren Dein, son of the former Arsenal vice-chairman, who has also worked as a 'commercial advisor' to Robin van Persie.
The 26-year-old may be well down the list of Barcelona players Manchester United would like to sign, but in reality the club should remain pragmatic about who they can get in the January window.
As it goes, Song certainly wouldn't be a bad option - and should certainly leapfrog Anderson and Cleverley in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
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