Alex Song looks to be edging closer to a return to Arsenal this summer, with recent reports suggesting that the Gunners are in the driving seat with regards to the race for his signature.
Defensive midfield a priority?
The addition of a defensive midfielder appears to have become somewhat of a priority for Arsene Wenger in recent days, with new club captain Mikel Arteta - who took over the armband at the Emirates Stadium following Thomas Vermaelen's defection to La Liga - having sustained an ankle injury during the feisty 0-0 Champions League qualifying-round draw with Besiktas on Tuesday.
While such a problem is not expected to keep Arteta out for any particularly lengthy period of time, Arsenal face a tough run of fixtures in the coming weeks and it would be unrealistic to expect Mathieu Flamini to cope on his own.
A move for Song may come as a slight surprise for Arsenal supporters, with the Cameroon international having left the Emirates Stadium back in 2012 to complete a transfer to Barcelona.
While the 26-year-old may have been hopeful of making a sizeable impact at the Camp Nou, in truth he has abjectly failed to make any sort of real lasting impression at one of the world's most-famous clubs.
Having made just 19 appearances for Blaugrana last season, Song is still widely expected to depart Spain before the transfer deadline, with new boss Luis Enrique - who took the reigns following Gerardo Martino's exit in May - having reportedly made it perfectly clear to both he and Ibrahim Afellay that they have no future at Barcelona.
Afellay has since moved to Greek Superleague champions Olympiacos on loan, but Song remains with the clock ticking down to put his career back on an upward track.
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Manchester United to rival Wenger?
Arsenal are not the only top-flight English club credited with an interest in bringing Song back to the familiar surrounds of the Premier League, however.
Manchester United have also been linked with the combative player on several occasions throughout the window to date, with the latest rumours suggesting that Louis van Gaal could turn to Song if his well-documented and increasingly futile pursuit of Arturo Vidal ultimately proves fruitless.
It remains to be seen if Manchester United will indeed look to rival Arsenal for Song in the coming days, although it certainly cannot be ruled out with the Red Devils once again finding it somewhat difficult to secure their first-choice midfield targets.
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