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Manchester United & Arsenal handed boost in race to sign Song

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Manchester United and Arsenal appear to have been a sizable boost in the race to sign Alex Song, with Spanish newspaper Marca reporting that Barcelona are prepared to listen for offers for both he and defender Dani Alves at the end of the season.

The aforementioned source claims such a move would be part of a policy to rejuventate the first team and suggest that Song does not feature in the plans of manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino.

26-year-old midfielder Song only moved to Barcelona from Arsenal back in the summer of 2012 yet he appears to have failed to really impose himself on an incredibly talented squad at the Camp Nou.

Having only appeared on a measly 12 occasions for Barcelona in La Liga competition this season, reports last month claimed that Song desired a move back to the Premier League - with former club Arsenal and Manchester City being mentioned as potential suitors for the Cameroon international, as well as Manchester United.

And now it looks like Song could well be granted that wish.

Manchester United, who have struggled so badly since David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout during the summer, would appear to be most in need of a player of Song's particular abilities.

While he will have undoubtedly suffered as a result of his lack of first-team action at Barcelona, he remains an experienced, battling all-round presence who could certainly add an element of bite to Manchester United's otherwise rather lacklustre midfield.

Arsenal, meanwhile, possess an abundance of central midfielders at their disposal and currently have combative Frenchman Mathieu Flamini - who was brought back to the Emirates Stadium by Arsene Wenger last summer following his exit from Serie A giants AC Milan - occupying that deep-lying role.

However, given his habit of collecting cards and injuries, it would seem foolish for Arsenal to dismiss any possible opportunity of a return for Song.

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