Galatasaray to rival Arsenal for Barcelona midfielder

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Galatasaray have joined Arsenal in the January race for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, according to

The Cameroon international has been heavily linked with a move away from Spain in the New Year, having struggled to cement his place in the Catalan club's first-team.

Gerardo Martino continues to overlook Song - who arrived at Camp Nou from Arsenal in a €19million last summer - which is believed to have left the 26-year-old increasingly frustrated.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the African ace back to the Emirates Stadium, but will face competition from Turkish giants Galatasaray.

Roberto Mancini is keen to lure Song to the Turk Telekom Arena when the transfer window reopens, but in order to do so must sell one of the club's existing foreign players in order to adhere to Turkish Football Federation (TFF) guidelines.

Song would be reunited with former Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Eboue in Istanbul, but it's still thought that Galatasaray have some work to do to convince him to quit Barcelona.

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