Arsenal midfielder Song set for Barcelona move

Alex Song is close to leaving Arsenal after manager Arsene Wenger admitted it is possible the Cameroon international will join Barcelona, the BBC has reported.

Wenger was asked about the likelihood of both more new faces arriving at the Emirates Stadium and also the chances of Song heading in the opposite direction, with the Frenchman confirming that it is possible both of those scenarios will come to pass.

Song has been at Arsenal since 2005, signing from Bastia initially on a season-long loan deal. The move was made permanent a year later while Song also spent time on loan at Charlton Athletic. Song cost Arsenal just under £3m and has made over 200 appearances for the club, including 34 in the Premier League last season alone.

If Song does depart – with negotiations between Arsenal and Barcelona due to continue over the weekend – it will be the second high-profile exit from the Gunners in a matter of days after Robin van Persie moved to Manchester United. Song would also be joining a former Arsenal teammate at Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas.

The BBC reports that Wenger is keen to sign Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin on loan as Song’s replacement.

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