Worried that their very reasonable £8m asking price won’t get the fish biting, Barcelona, in their utter desperation to rid themselves of Alex Song, have made the Cameroonian available for a free season-long loan.
A string of Premier League clubs are believed to be keen on taking Los Blaugrana up on this incredibly generous offer, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton registering an interest.
In response to the clamour, punters can back Song to be on the books of an English top-tier outfit at 17/20, with an identical price saying his trade will be plied in any other league.
Exuding ample experience at the very highest level and a proven Premier League practitioner, the recruitment teams from all three should be exerting all of their persuading powers to snare the bargain former Arsenal man, but where would he fit best?
Shrewd in possession, the 26-year-old would effortlessly ingratiate himself into the possession-obsessed Toffees team.
Last term 91.7 per cent of his La Liga passes found their mark, but with Gareth Barry signing on permanently this summer alongside Muhamed Besic, the Merseysiders are well-stocked in the holding-midfield department and wouldn’t risk Song’s signing tipping the balanced scales of their squad.
Mauricio Pochettino’s interest in Morgan Schneiderlin has been extensively documented, but given Southampton’s top-shelf demands for the classy Frenchman, Spurs would be better served moving for the budget-friendly ex-Gunner.
The north Londoners’ anchorman ranks are populated with a greater density than Everton’s, but it would appear the new regime doesn’t rate any of their players in this position too highly.
Song would command an instant starting berth and the system Pochettino deployed to great effect at St Mary’s will see him prosper in a similar vein to Schneiderlin, but this would negate his creative powers, which the final team in this triumvirate are in dire need of.
During his final campaign at Arsenal, Song’s understanding with current Red Devils frontman Robin van Persie bordered on telepathic.
The 47-cap Indomitable Lion assisted 11 league goals from his defensive-midfield berth in 2011/12, the bulk of which were converted by Van Persie.
An opening-day defeat at the hands of Swansea highlighted United’s need for a specialist in the position to cover for Michael Carrick, while his versatility means he can pitch in at centre-half should emergencies arise.