In the pursuit of solving their midfield issues, Manchester United's gaze is reportedly steered in the direction of Alex Song with the view to a summer signing.
However, in an age where United have settled for good-but-not-great options in this area of the pitch, it's a chase David Moyes is better off avoiding.
Talking to beIN Sport (h/t Express' Ben Jefferson), Song admitted he'll someday make a return to the Premier League following what's so far been an underwhelming stint in Barcelona colours:
If I leave Barcelona it will be to return to the Premier League. I will return to England one day, that's for sure.
He [Wenger] spoke a lot with me when I arrived to Arsenal. I wanted to renew my contract with Arsenal but in that case I would have regretted not joining Barcelona. Barcelona are the best side in the world.
United are currently going through a period of their history where settling for less than the best in terms of their transfer movement has seen the club suffer a steep drop following an era of great triumph.
For some years now, the likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Anderson, Darren Fletcher and the twilight years of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs simply hasn't been up to the usual scratch.
So dire has the situation become that central midfield has become a more legitimate and genuine option for Wayne Rooney, recently crowned the highest-ever-paid Premier League player.
Should United pursue a move for Alex Song this summer?
In that train of thought, Song would be nothing but another settling manoeuvre, a transfer that goes some way to solving part of the problem, but far from the whole way. More than anything, it simply makes sense due to the good fortune of the player's drop in reputation at Barca, as well as beating the Gunners to any future reunion.
In his two seasons at the Camp Nou, Song has made just 26 La Liga starts for La Blaugrana, per Transfermarkt, albeit sitting behind some extremely talented individuals in the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
That's not to insinuate that picking off the scraps of one's rivals is always a negative thing, but this is a time where the Red Devil need as close to guaranteed impact as they can get. Song is not that secure option.
Sky Sports' Daniel Storey pointed out how lost the midfielder looks amongst the rest of Barca's superb talents:
It's actually impressive how poor Alex Song looks in this Barcelona side. Sluggish and wasteful.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) January 16, 2014
For it's those kind of pedigree transfers that mark the potential beginning of something new and more improved as opposed to the stopgap sensation the mention of Song brings about.
Granted, this summer will be made all the tougher for United should the club fail to qualify for the Champions League. The best talents in the world want to compete in the best competitions and it's a feeling the Premier League giants won't be familiar with.
However, the slew of midfield replacements needed at Manchester United also require quality above all else, and Song simply doesn't fit the bill.