Barcelona Transfer News: Alex Song Set for Potential Free Loan

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2014

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 26:  Alex Song of Barcelona speaks to a team mate during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona at Amsterdam Arena on November 26, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona made out-of-favour midfielder Alex Song available on a free loan on Monday, putting some of the Premier League’s elite on red alert. Matt Law of The Telegraph revealed the news.   

Law writes that Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Manchester United could potentially move for the former Arsenal man, who finds chances few and far between at the Nou Camp.

Despite being a talented holding player, Barcelona’s quality in the middle of the park means that Song has had to take a back seat. But first-team football could be just around the corner for the Cameroon international.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17:  Alex Song of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Cartagena at Camp Nou on December 17, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images
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That’s something that he desperately needs according to countryman Samuel Eto’o, who told beIN Sports earlier this year that moving away from Barcelona would be best for his career—per George Ankers of

"Song has to leave Barca. At his age, he must play and he could be in the starting XI at any big club."

At just 26 years of age, Song has plenty of football left in him, and Law revealed via Twitter that he thinks he’d fit in well back in the Premier League after performing impressively with Arsenal:

In his days as a Gunner, Song’s link-up play with Robin van Persie caught the eye, and the pair will be reunited if Louis van Gaal makes the move for his signature.

Bringing Song to Old Trafford certainly makes sense on a personnel front, too, as the Red Devils’ lack of talent in centre-midfield will undoubtedly cost them dearly as the season progresses.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Robin Van Persie (L) of Arsenal is congratulated by teammates Alex Song (C) and Bacary Sagna (R) after scoring the opening goal of the match during the Barclays Premier Leaue match between Birmingham City and Arsenal at
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Meanwhile, Spurs’ chase of Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, per the Daily Mail's Oliver Todd, is looking more and more fruitless by the day, while the injury to Everton’s Ross Barkley will have the Toffees assessing their options in midfield.

Valued at just £8 million, Song appears somewhat of a bargain buy, though a free loan for a season is even more appealing financially.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 16: Alex Song and Neymar Santos Jr of FC Barcelona share a laugh on the bench during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on March 16, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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While Tottenham, Everton and United can’t offer Song the Champions League football that he’s become accustomed to with both Arsenal and Barcelona, just walking out of the tunnel without a tracksuit on is what he really wants.

As the Cameroonian proved on countless occasions, the tempo and physicality of Premier League football suits him down to the ground, and whichever club acts fastest will be reaping the benefits of a top-quality midfielder throughout the campaign.