Manchester City have joined the race to sign Barcelona outcast Alex Song and will rival Chelsea and West Ham United for the midfielder's signature this summer.
Sky Sports reports that Citizens boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to recruit the Cameroon international as he looks to strengthen his home-grown contingent of players at the Etihad Stadium next season.
Having already lost James Milner and Micah Richards on Bosman free transfers before the forthcoming window has even opened the Chilean is well aware of the need to increase the club's current quota.
Song is classed as a home-grown player thanks to his time spent at Arsenal during the formative stage of his career as a professional footballer, and that's why the demand is so high for a player free to leave Camp Nou for as little as £5 million.
The 27-year-old still has two years to run on the contract he first signed with the Catalan giants, but spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Upton Park after being deemed surplus to requirements by Luis Enrique in Spain.
The African made 28 Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season, but his form tailed off after Christmas following an impressive start to life in east London.
Of course, Song knows England's top-flight well having spent six seasons with the Gunners before moving to Catalonia three years ago in the summer of 2012.
Jose Mourinho is investigating the possibility of bringing the player to Stamford Bridge ahead of the new campaign, but might be beaten by City to the £70,000-a-week star's services.
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