Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Wisely Not Flinching at Alex Song to Barca Buzz
Arsenal holds all the cards when it comes to midfielder Alex Song, who has two years left on his contract.
Song is a vital part of this Gunners team. The 24-year-old is a box-to-box midfileder with the ability to help shut down an opposing offense and set up the Gunners offense with on-point passes.
He is so talented that it is easy to believe, as ESPN points out, that Song has drawn serious interest from La Liga power Barcelona.
This could sway Arsenal to two different routes, which they don't have to travel. The first being that they would send Song to Barcelona, but they are shrewd enough to know the score on this deal. The Sun sheds some light on this.
There’s nothing going on with Song. There’s nothing in that. Song has three years contract, he’s not in the same situation as Robin Van Persie.
In Spain the newspapers are not really serious. We’ve had the experience of that. We’ve never had any contact with anybody from Barcelona.
Obviously, they have a right not to flinch, given that they claim they haven't even talked to Barcelona; but it is the first part of that statement that is key. They realize Song is under team control for the foreseeable future, and there is certainly no rush to deal him.
The other part of this is that these rumors could lead to Arsenal extending Song to a more lucrative deal, which Sky Sports reports Song covets.
Arsenal has no need to rush towards this either. At some point, it would be wise for the Gunners to extend an offer to Song. This will keep him happy and ensure he is a Gunner for years to come, but with two years left on his deal, that time is not now.
This relationship has not soured to any dire point. In fact, in the above linked ESPN article, Song openly admits he is "happy at Arsenal."
This is a business, and it is likely that both Song and Arsenal are operating in their own best interest of their own business, and in that game, the Gunners are in the position of power. They are wisely maintaining that position.
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