Alex Song agrees to join FC Barcelona
The former SC Bastia youth player has accepted the terms of Barcelona’s contract offer and will see his weekly wages nearly double from the £55,000 he currently earns at the Emirates Stadium.
The Cameroon international had taken part in Arsenal’s entire pre-season campaign, but suggestions over a move to Barcelona during the past month has unsettled Song’s future as a Gunner.
But despite claiming he is ”happy at Arsenal” only four days ago, Song – who did go on to admit his interest in a move to Barca – now looks set to bring his seven-year stay at Arsenal to an end.
The 24-year-old managed to provide 14 assists and a goal in 46 appearances last season. And that impressive campaign from a defensive midfield role has sprung praises from the Barcelona camp. Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique have all announced their desire to see Alex Song move to the Nou Camp in recent weeks.
Arsene Wenger’s admission of the Cameroonian’s potential departure during his pre-match press conference yesterday was very much the nail in the coffin to Alex Song’s future at Arsenal.
A deal is yet to be struck between the two clubs despite Song’s agreement to join the Catalan side but Arsenal are to hold talks with Barcelona officials this weekend to sort out the transfer which could be worth around £16.5 million.
In that case, Alex Song has been withdrawn from the squad to play against Sunderland today.