Spanish publication AS report this morning that Barcelona vice-president Josep María Bartomeu was in London yesterday to negotiate the acquisition of Alex Song.
Having given up on the possibility of signing Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao, the Catalan giants are believed to have tabled an offer in the region of £15 million for the Cameroon international with the possibility of throwing Cristian Tello or Ibrahim Afellay into the mix to sweeten the deal.
Under contract at the Emirates for three more years, Arsene Wenger is under no pressure to let 24-year-old Song leave. That being said, having signed him as a teenager for just £400,000 from Bastia, the boss may be tempted to take the cash on offer and redirect it towards a replacement in the last couple of weeks of the transfer window.
Real Madrid’s Turkish international Nuri Sahin and Rennes star Yann M’Vila have both been heavily linked, although past history suggests we shouldn’t write off the possibility of signing of an unknown Franco-German teenager with below average quality knee cartilage.