Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal target set for Premier League

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Alex Song is not part of plans at FC Barcelona next season and is likely to secure a transfer back to the Premier League once the World Cup in Brazil is over and one of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are in line to snap him up.

According to Mundo Deportivo, new Camp Nou manager Luis Enrique has made it clear the Cameroon international has not future in the first team at the Catalan club and that a transfer would be best. The report claims there is plenty of interest in Song coming out of Old Trafford, Anfield and Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal was where Song made his name before joining Barcelona after Wenger signed him as a 17-year-old from French side Bastia in 2005. His first few years with the Gunners were unremarkable, but he eventually developed into a crucial, if positionally undisciplined, defensive midfielder in Wenger's starting XI. However, he was eventually deemed surplus to requirements and moved to La Liga in 2012 in a deal worth around £15million.

The Arsenal manager is expected to make a number of signings this summer and defensive midfield is one of the areas he has been tipped to improve in. Wenger in the past has talked about not being keen on players returning to an old club, but the number of promising young stars that have left in recent years may see him change his stance in that regard now - Mathieu Flamini, Sol Campbell and Thierry Henry are all examples of players having second spells at the club in recent times.

Manchester United have given new manager Louis van Gaal a remit to rebuild when he takes over after the World Cup with Holland and defensive midfield is an area the Old Trafford club are expected to strengthen in the summer. Last season was a disaster under David Moyes as the Red Devils could only finish seventh in defence of their title and the squad looked in dire need of revitalising.

Liverpool's reported interest is almost certainly to do with them needing much greater depth for next season as they embark on a first Champions League campaign in a few seasons. Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen are the current players inhabiting the defensive midfield positions at various times, but Song would bring some added Champions League experience and physical presence.

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