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Manchester United fail to follow up Alex Song interest

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Manchester United have failed to follow up their interest in Chelsea target Alex Song, who is available for a transfer away from Barcelona this summer.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, the Premier League giants requested information on the status of the player earlier this summer, but have not been in touch with the Catalan club since to firm up their enquiry by launching an official bid.

Barca boss Luis Enrique has deemed the Cameroon international surplus to requirements, with Javier Mascherano set to be restored to his favoured central midfield position at Camp Nou next season.

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Song has already struggled to nail down a regular place in the Barcelona team, and could see his first-team opportunities even more limited were he to remain in Spain in 2014/15.

The 26-year-old is coming off the back of a disappointing showing at the World Cup in Brazil, where Cameroon exited at the group stage.

Song was disgraced when he was red carded for an elbow on Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, and later received a £13,000 fine from FIFA, as well as a three-match World Cup ban.

Future resolved

He is currently taking some time out from football - holidaying until July 24 - but will be eager to resolve his future in time for the start of the new season.

However, a possible switch to Old Trafford now looks unlikely, after new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal seemingly pulled the plug on any prospective deal. 

The former Arsenal man is still highly regarded in England though, and in addition to Manchester United's initial interest has attracted admiring glances from Chelsea and Roberto Martinez at Everton.

A move to Goodison Park is equally doubtful due to the African's extravagant wage demands. He signed a five-year deal with Barcelona two years ago, and remains under contract until 2017.

Chelsea still interested?

Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas's arrival at Stamford Bridge will more than likely end Jose Mourinho's interest in the Barcelona outcast.

Mundo Deportivo claim that Barcelona will accept bids of around €15 million - which represents a €4 million loss on the figure paid to bring the player to La Liga in 2012.

There is additional interest in Song coming from Italy, with Inter Milan and Napoli both also believed to be keen on luring the midfielder to Serie 'A' in a cut-price deal, but at the time of writing Barcelona are yet to receive any formal offers.

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