Ex-Arsenal midfielder Alex Song seems destined for a return to the Premier League as his move to Barcelona has seen the Cameroonian watch more games than he's played.
With rumours flying around regarding both Manchester United and Liverpool, a Premier League return seems almost definite. The question is, which team?
Firstly, Arsenal seem to be ruled out of proceedings, claiming to be overrun with midfielders. Arsene Wenger's two sitting midfielders are usually Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. With the superb form of Aaron Ramsey, it is likely that he would start instead of Flamini, so Arsenal's midfield is quite well covered.
It would be a very sensible move though by Arsenal because Song played important roles in both halves of the pitch.
His attacking play and links with Theo Walcott were responsible for a great deal of Robin Van Persie's strikes for Arsenal, as they formed a strong creative spine.
In turn, he provided some much needed support to a failing Arsenal defence and often dropped deep to assist them, meaning that they could switch to a five-man defence seamlessly.
It would be great piece of business too for the North London side, as they sold Song for £15 million and have the potential to regain his services for very little, possibly enough to tempt the business-minded Wenger.
Moving across London, it is also unlikely that Chelsea would be interested, due to having a great deal of strength in the defensive part of midfield. Jose Mourinho's January signing Nemanja Matić has shown immense form and was essential in the 6-0 dispatching of Arsenal.
His form for the club already and the fact that he has already had half a season there, suggest that extra cover in Song wouldn't be needed and with Jon Obi Mikel in the mix aswell, it is unlikely that the Blues would be interested.
That leaves the main two competitors, Liverpool and Manchester United.
At Liverpool, their defence cost them the title last season, and the strength he can provide from midfield in defence must be a huge attraction for Brendan Rogers.
Their passing style and quick counter attacks also echoes Arsenal's style to a degree and so Song would be a natural fit into the side.
My pick though, would be Manchester United due to the fact that David Moyes' attempts to play Maroune Fellani in defensive midfield didn't work. This would free up Fellani to play higher up the pitch where we have seen him excel for both Everton and Belgium in the past.
Furthermore, the Cameroonian is a player that Manchester United don't have in abundance and the health concerns surrounding Darren Fletcher mean that they do lack a solid defensive minded player to replace or play alongside Michael Carrick.
Don't be surprised then, if after the World Cup, incoming United manager Louis Van Gaal announces the arrival of Song for a bargain free transfer, as he goes about reforming the side at Old Trafford.
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