'Song will go in the summer' - £15m Arsenal, United target tipped to leave Barca

Alex Song has been tipped to leave Barcelona this summer by Spanish website Sport.

Alex Song’s future at Barcelona has been decided according to a blog on Catalan based website Sport, which suggests the imposing holding midfielder will be sold this summer.

Song has struggled to settle into a pattern of regular football at the Nou Camp ever since his £15 million move from Arsenal in the summer of 2012.

The 26-year-old has made just 18 appearances in La Liga this season, six of which have come as a substitute and Albert Masnou of Sport has suggested the writing is on the wall.

“Song will go in the summer. Tottenham or Manchester United have minor roles which could occupy the player,” he writes for Sport’s website.

The suggestion of Tottenham is interesting because of the number of midfielders the club already has available.

There are good options to protect Tottenham’s back four at the moment and the idea of a Spurs move could be born out of the recent reports of a dispute between Tim Sherwood and Sandro, a perfectly capable holding midfielder.

Manchester United have been linked with Song throughout the season because he has the ability to offer them something they don’t already have in their midfield.

Marouane Fellaini was viewed as the man who would become United’s enforcer when he signed last summer but the Belgian has looked confused over his role and has been tipped to leave this summer.

A potential return to Arsenal is possible because of the positive attributes to Song’s game, which Masnou writes about.

“He has technical ability, ball control and tactical awareness – He also offers great height.”

Arsenal lack a figure of authority in their midfield and someone who can really take the team by the scruff of the neck, leading by example with a strong, dominant physical display in key matches.

When the Gunners have been turned over this season, several comments post-match have talked about a lack of presence in the midfield and not having a player who can do the dirty work and put in the hard yards.

As things stand, Song’s under contract with Barcelona until 2017 and the club is likely to try and push for a profit on the £15 million they paid because they are under no pressure to sell.

It’s a case of who’s going to blink first in the race to get him.

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