Barcelona midfielder Alex Song is reportedly set to return to the Premier League at the end of the season, just two years after making his move from Arsenal to the Spanish giants.
The 26-year-old joined the La Liga champions in summer of 2012, after the Catalans agreed to pay £16m for his services, but the Cameroonian has struggled to secure regular playing time at the Camp Nou since then.
With Sergio Busquets immovable in the Barcelona starting line-up, Song has just started eight domestic league games this season. During his debut campaign he made 17 league starts for the Catalans, and some pundits even considered him the worst La Liga signing of the year.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Song is unhappy with his lack of minutes and he has decided to come back to the Premier League, with reports last month suggesting that Manchester United may be tempted to make a bid for him next summer.
However Marca reveals that more Premier League clubs have expressed their interest in the player and some reporters consider him likely to return to the Emirates, as a long-term replacement for 31-year-old Mikel Arteta.
Reports in Spain claim that last year Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova backed his signing but after his serious illness Tata Martino took charge of the Catalans and has shown no trust in Song. Indeed, the Argentine has advised Barca bosses to put him on the market, and the club hope to recoup at least a fraction of the £16m that they paid for him in 2012.
Song moved to Arsenal from Bastia on loan in 2005, and after impressing Wenger during his first month at the club the Gunners made the move permanent. Then, during seven seasons at the Emirates he became a pivotal player for the French boss, especially after Cesc Fabregas' departure, and during his latest season in North London he grabbed 11 Premier League assists.