Barcelona midfielder and Manchester United transfer target Alex Song appears to have confirmed his intentions to return to England.
Former Arsenal midfielder Song left the Premier League for Barcelona during the summer of 2012 but has struggled to cement a regular first-team berth in La Liga.
Those problems have seen suggestions arise that he could move back to the English top-flight, with Manchester United and Arsenal themselves linked with the player in the recent past.
"I will return to England, that’s for sure. If I leave Barcelona one day, it will be to move to England." the 26-year-old told beIN Sports France in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.
“[Arsene] Wenger was like a father to me. I wanted to renew at Arsenal, but I would have regretted not joining Barca.”
Such honest talk is likely to re-fuel the transfer speculation surrounding Song, who is rated at around £16 million.
Manchester United, who provided a brief moment of respite from a truly turgid 2013/14 season with an emphatic 3-0 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday, have struggled in midfield so far this season and David Moyes - who is expected to spend heavily to improve his squad this summer - could certainly do with a player who possesses such battling qualities.
Arsenal, meanwhile, who also had a successful weekend after progressing to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 4-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium, have coped sufficiently without Song.
Frenchman Mathieu Flamini has led the side extremely well since re-joining the club and it remains questionable if Arsenal have any real need for Song now.