Manchester United & Arsenal dealt blow in race for Barca ace

Barcelona midfielder Alex SongManchester United and Arsenal’s hopes of a January deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song have suffered a set back, with news that Inter Milan are keen on his signature, according to reports from The Express.

The ex-Gunners ace looks set to leave the Nou Camp this winter after a thoroughly disappointing 18 months.

The Cameroonian left the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to pursue silverware with Barca, but has struggled to earn a spot in the starting XI.

With the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabragas all impressive this term, Song’s hopes of reviving his career under recent managerial arrival Tata Martino look bleak.

As a result he is thought to be ready to leave in the New Year, which has prompted interest from United and Arsenal.

But, the Premier League duo face stern competition in the shape of Inter.

The Milan giants are ready to make a serious move for his services, which is likely to be accepted by Barca.

Song has insisted that he is committed to the Catalan club, but did confess that enjoyed his time at Arsenal:

“I do not know what will happen in the future,” he told RMC earlier this month.

“But it is true that I spent some fantastic seasons there [at Arsenal].

“We will see what happens, but for now I’m a Barcelona player.”

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