Since the departure of Seydou Keita last month, Barcelona have been trying to fill a void in midfield. They have shown interest in both Javi Martinez and Alex Song as transfer targets, but Song is the right choice for the club.
Song is a midfielder capable of playing back in defense, something Tito Vilanova sorely needs. The 24-year-old is causing unrest at Arsenal for his desire to field offers from other clubs. Manager Arsène Wenger feels that Song is too eager to leave and not appreciative of what Arsenal have done for him.
While Javi Martinez is the much more desirable player, it will likely take €40 million to obtain him. Song is much more affordable, and the recent clash with his manager may mean that his bags are already packed.
Despite being under contract until 2015, Song is not shy about viewing other clubs. Barcelona seem to be in the lead for the midfielder, but price may be something that both parties cannot agree upon. However, given the recent troubles at training camp, the price tag may have dipped for Song's services.
Midfielder Sergio Busquets, when asked about the potential transfer, welcomed the idea of acquiring a player like Song.
"Song is a very good player—young, a hard worker, with lots of physical power. [Barca B youngster] Sergi Roberto is very well prepared, but I think he is better as an 'interior'. Barca lose a lot without Keita, both on and off the pitch. He was a much-loved player who gave us a lot of physical power. Another player in my position would be welcome, but either way I will keep working hard to win a place in the starting team."
A decision will likely be made this week, but it looks as though Arsenal will receive an offer from Barcelona very shortly. If Arsenal accept the reported bid of £15 million, Tito Vilanova will have himself a wonderful player in Song and at a much more affordable price than Martinez.