Manchester United and Tottenham battle for Alex Song

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Barcelona are desperate to offload midfielder Alex Song this summer to the point that they will let him leave on a free loan, with the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United interested according to the Telegraph. 

Song joined Barcelona from Arsenal in 2012, but his time in Spain has been nothing short of a disaster. He was voted as one of the worst signings in Spain by a national newspaper midway through his first campaign at the Nou Camp, and has only played 39 league games over two seasons.

Free to go

The Catalan club are undergoing something of an overhaul this summer under new boss Luis Enrique, and with Ivan Rakitic arriving from Sevilla, Song's chances of first team action looks even more limited.

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The Telegraph say that he wants a return to the Premier League despite interest from elsewhere in Europe,  and that's something he may well get with Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton all in the running for his services.

On the cheap

All three of those clubs could well firm up their interest after learning that Barcelona could let the midfielder, who they value at £8 million, go out on loan for free. The Telegraph say that Barcelona are so keen to get rid of him that they wouldn't ask for a fee to let him go on a temporary basis.

Tottenham are looking to add more bodies in midfield under new boss Mauricio Pochettino, who wants to raid his former club Southampton for Morgan Schneiderlin. The French international wants to head to White Hart Lane but is having his path blocked by his current employers, who insist he's not for sale.

Tottenham interest

The Telegraph say that Tottenham are looking at Song as a potential alternative, although how his affiliation with Arsenal may cause concern amongst the Spurs faithful. 

Manchester United meanwhile have been short of a player to add steel in midfield for some time now and could swoop for the 26-year-old, who bagged 14 assists in his last season in England. 

Manchester United move

Although he may not be the big-money signing most Manchester United fans seek, the fact he struck up such a good rapport with striker Robin van Persie at Arsenal may tempt boss Louis van Gaal to match the pair up again at Old Trafford.

Everton have also reportedly shown an interest in Song, and could move for him once they learn the full extent of Ross Barkely's injury problems. Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in him in the past.

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