Alex Song is close to being a member of Barcelona and fans should be ecstatic.
Simon Jones of The Daily Mail reports that Josep Maria, the Barcelona vice president, was in London on Tuesday to put a £12 million offer for Song on the table.
The report states that Arsene Wagner still thinks highly of Song and he might end up winning the bidding war to keep him with Arsenal, but there is no doubt Barca is willing to shell out the necessary cash (£16 million?) to ensure they get their man.
And they should.
Song is a 24-year-old midfielder who can be a physical force in the middle of the pitch. He excels in breaking up opponents' attacks and using his endless energy to wear down his foes. Barca could really use his versatility.
Sure Song has a nasty habit of being out of position, which hurts at times when his club is on a counter-attack, but there are no significant weaknesses to point out.
He isn’t a standout scorer, with only one goal in 34 Premier League performances. Yet, he does have 11 assists and an 84.3 pass success rate to register a 7.05 rating from WhoScored.com. Song can be a playmaker that doesn’t need shots to feel content. Barca has plenty of offensive firepower as is, they don’t need anymore.
In the report, Jones suggests that if Song doesn’t end up coming to Barca, Nuri Sahin and Victor Wanyam could be potential options. Both players don’t have nearly the talent of Song, and the depth of the team would ultimately suffer greatly over the long-haul if they settle for either of these two.
Barca needs Song and it looks like the club knows a much. Now is not the time to be cheap. Shell out the money and ensure your club is prepared for the grueling journey ahead.