Cameroon midfielder Alex Song may be ready to return to the Premier League, according to the Metro. The 25-year-old joined Catalan giants Barcelona from Arsenal in the summer but has failed to establish himself at the Nou Camp and the La Liga club are now ready to listen to offers.
Song was voted the second-worst signing of the summer, in a poll conducted by Spanish newspaper Marca. The worst, the readers believed, was Croatian playmaker Luka Modric, who moved to champions Real Madrid.
The African has made only seven appearances in the Spanish league so far this season, with only one goal to his name. Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is believed to be unhappy with his contributions and would not refuse a transfer. The Metro believes both Chelsea and Liverpool would be interested in a move for the midfielder.
Song was in far more impressive form with the Gunners last term, registering 11 assists and a goal in 34 Premier League starts. Arsene Wenger does appear to have missed the Cameroonian in the centre of the park; the north London club are sixth in the league, well behind rivals Tottenham in the race for the final Champions League qualifying position.
Arsenal have yet to replace Song and while a return to the Emirates would be sensational, it is unlikely, given the breakdown in relations between the club and the player. West Ham's Mohamed Diame and Toulouse's Etienne Capoue have been linked with a move to the Emirates.
Vilanova on David Villa
Meanwhile, Vilanova has once again ruled out a move for 31-year-old Spain striker David Villa. The former Valencia striker has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs in this window. However, Vilanova has stressed on the player's worth to the side, pointing out his midweek goals in the Spanish Cup show he still has a role to play at the club.
"David will not leave, we are very happy with him. The other night, he scored two good goals. It's been a long recovery process, but we know his importance to the team, and we're sure that he will help us," he said.