Premier League champions Manchester United are prepared to offer Barcelona £12.5m for Cameroon midfielder Alex Song.
The 26-year-old, who spent six years with Arsenal before joining the Catalan giants in a £15m transfer in 2012, has been strongly linked with a move to the Red Devils in recent months after failing to cement a first-team place at the Camp Nou.
Song has made just 16 La Liga appearances for Barcelona this season - the same number as one of the club’s most promising youngsters, 22-year-old Sergi Roberto.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is looking to significantly bolster his central midfield options after a dreadful debut campaign at Old Trafford, with reports claiming that a £35m deal for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho has already been wrapped up. Other reports, meanwhile, suggest that the Red Devils will offer Germany international Toni Kroos £260,000 a week in order to quit Bayern Munich.
Unlike those two, though, Song has Premier League experience - and enjoyed an excellent final season with Arsenal during the 2011-12 campaign, in which he provided 14 assists in 46 matches, most of which were passes to current United striker Robin van Persie.
However, Manchester United face stiff competition for the Barcelona midfielder from Liverpool, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, according to Goal.com.
Also, much could depend on whether FIFA agree to overturn Barcelona’s transfer ban, which is currently in place to prevent the La Liga champions from signing any new players over the course of the next two transfer windows.
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