Manchester United Transfer News: Alex Song Won't Fix What Ails Red Devils

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 12, 2014

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17:  Alex Song of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Cartagena at Camp Nou on December 17, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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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.

CARTAGENA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06:  Alex Song of Barcelona reacts during the Copa del Rey, Round of 32 match between FC Cartagena and FC Barcelona at Estadio Cartagonova on December 06, 2013 in Cartagena, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Ima
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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.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 26:  Alex Song of Barcelona speaks to a team mate during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona at Amsterdam Arena on November 26, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean M
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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.

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:

Instead, it's moves for the likes of Toni Kroos, per Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail, or Ilkay Gundogan, per the Express' Ben Jefferson, that deserve a devotion of time and effort at Old Trafford.

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.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 23:  Alex Song of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Manu del Moral of Sevilla FC during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on February 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty
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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.