Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City are set to battle for the signature of Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, who is currently on loan at West Ham.
The Mail Online reports that Song’s homegrown status – as he was signed by Arsenal at the age of 17 – makes him an attractive proposition for two sides who must boost their number of homegrown talents.
With Yaya Toure likely to join Inter Milan and a relatively small fee of £6 million wanted by Barca for Song, the Cameroon international would be a worthy back-up to the talent which both City and Chelsea possess.
The more likely option would have to be City however, particularly if Toure is set to leave last season’s champions.
Although Song hasn’t set the world alight at West Ham this year, a team which consists of a higher level of forward talent could provide a sounder base for him to play behind.
A move this summer may also present Song with one of his last chances to really establish himself at a club, with Barcelona proving a difficult side for him to nail down a legendary status such as that of Andres Iniesta or Xavi.
Whoever does eventually pluck for the Barca man however, will be guaranteed a reliable protector of the ball as well as a player who doesn’t mind getting stuck in when needs be.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena