Alex Song is reluctant to agree a move to Serie A as he still has a preference for a return to the Premier League, reports suggest.
According to media speculation in Spain recently cited by The Daily Express, both AC and Inter Milan have enquired about the possibility of signing the Barcelona midfielder of late, with Song hesitant to pursue the option of reviving his career in Italy due to an apparent belief that he is better suited to the fast-paced world of English football.
26-year-old Song has seen his career grind to a disappointing halt over recent seasons, with his move from Arsenal to the Camp Nou in 2012 having yielded two trophies but a precious lack of first-team opportunities.
Having only made 20 appearances during his first season in La Liga, the Cameroon international featured on just 19 occasions during a trophyless 2013/14 campaign that ultimately cost Gerardo Martino his job with the Catalan giants.
Luis Enrique's appointment as Martino's successor appears to have heralded something of a new dawn at Barcelona, with the former Spain stalwart having moved to strengthen his squad considerably during the current summer transfer window.
Such impressive new arrivals - including the likes of Croatian playmaker Ivan Rakitic and former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez - will surely have to be offset by the departures of one or two further members of Enrique's existing squad, with £10 million-rated Song presumably a prime candidate for a swift exit given his total lack of impact at Barcelona.
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While Song is evidently prioritising a return to the familiar surrounds of the Premier League, it remains unclear as to whether the former Gunners enforcer will be offered the opportunity to make such a comeback.
Manchester United appear to represent his best chance of a switch back to the top-flight, with recent rumours having suggested that Louis van Gaal will look to sign Song if his well-publicised pursuit of Juventus midfield Arturo Vidal comes to nothing.
Rumours concerning Vidal's future appear to have finally died down somewhat in recent days with much of the recent transfer speculation focusing on Manchester United's alleged interest in Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, but at this moment in time their chances of landing the Chilean appear remote at best.
Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in Song in recent months, although it seems unlikely that manager Jose Mourinho is still intent on securing his signature given his slightly more impressive capture of former teammate Cesc Fabregas.
If Manchester United do not look to sign him, then a move to the San Siro may well be in Song's best interests.