Barca midfielder open to Premier League return - Liverpool & United hover

Alex Song

Former Arsenal man is likely to be much sought after this summer, as an impending return to the Premier League from Barcelona looks more and more possible.

This summer seems likely to be a time of great change at the Nou Camp, with the famous Catalan side eager to freshen up a side that has slipped a little from its perch of infallibility.

One of the players consistently linked with a move away is defensive midfielder Alex Song, whose move from Arsenal two years ago has failed to work out quite as well as he would have hoped.

Still just 26, Song moved to Barcelona off the back of a phenomenal 2011-12 season at the Gunners, where he and Robin van Persie were the undeniable stars of an Arsenal side about to be sent reeling by the duo's big name exits.

Alongside Van Persie's move to Manchester United, Song headed to Spain for the tidy sum of £15 million. Never able to be much more than a bit-part player at Barca, the Cameroon international has mainly been a back-up player, despite making 64 appearances across his two years at the club.

Song really flourished at Arsenal when he was given more freedom in the midfield following the departure of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, setting up an impressive 14 goals, many of which were smashed in by Van Persie. In La Liga, he has often been forced to occupy a deeper role, and has just one assist over his two seasons despite playing for one of the top sides in the world.

The Mirror is reporting that his availability is of interest to two of Arsenal's Premier League rivals, with Liverpool and Man United very much eager to bring a proven Premier League player into their squads. Quoting a fee of £8 million, Song would be a sound acquisition for either club given his ability to be effective in a defensive playmaking position, though Arsenal have also been linked with their former player in past months.

The player himself has openly discussed an interest in returning to the Premier League, saying in March: “If I leave Barcelona it will be to return to the Premier League.

“I will return to England one day, that’s for sure.”

Quite which part of the country he'll end up in is another matter entirely.

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