Report: Arsenal v Italians for Song

Alex Song

The Portuguese press are claiming that Arsenal are battling Serie A sides Inter and Napoli for the signature of former player Alex Song.

Alex Song is expected to leave Barcelona in the summer and there could be an Anglo-Italian battle to sign him.

Song played for Arsenal between 2005 and 2012, having arrived in North London on loan from Bastia in a move which became permanent.

The Cameroon international truly announced himself during an excellent 2008-09 campaign and became a key man for Arsene Wenger.

Song signed for Barcelona for £15m in the summer of 2012 but has struggled somewhat to find his best form in Spain.

Barcelona have reportedly put a £12m price tag on Song and it has been suggested that Manchester United are considering him as a step in rebuilding their squad in the summer.

However, Portuguese newspaper A Bola insists that former club Arsenal are in pole position to pounce but face competition from Inter and Napoli.

Both Inter and Napoli are in search of a player like Song to add some versatility and durability to their respective squads and it is reported that they have both made approaches.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch