Manchester United have suffered a setback in their alleged pursuit of Alex Song after Atletico Madrid joined the race to sign the Barcelona midfielder this summer.
TalkSPORT reports how the Cameroon international looks set to leave the Catalan club at the end of the current campaign, following another frustrating season on the fringes of Barca's first-team squad.
Tata Martino is ready to let Song leave Camp Nou as the 26-year-old has failed to ever really establish himself since moving to Spain in the summer of 2012.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Song back to the Premier League, and is ready to offer him an escape route from La Liga.
With Manchester United in desperate need of defensive midfield reinforcements, a move to Old Trafford looked like being a serious possibility, despite rumours of rival interest in Italy from Napoli and Inter Milan.
However, with admiring glances from Diego Simeone at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, Song might be tempted by the prospect of staying in Spain in a bid to prove himself to those that have doubted his ability at Barcelona over the past two years.