Alex Song
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Manchester United have received a huge boost in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Alex Song after the former Arsenal man revealed that he would be keen on returning to the Premier League should he decide to leave the Nou Camp.

Song has failed to replicate his Premier League form for the Catalans following his move in 2012, with reports claiming Barcelona have put him on the market in order to recoup a fraction of the £16m that they paid Arsenal two years ago.

Earlier this month the Mirror reported that Manchester United are monitoring his situation, with David Moyes desperately looking to add a midfielder to the squad.

And asked about his future in an interview with French TV BeIN Sport, Song said: 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 added.

The 26-year-old developed into a pivotal player for Arsene Wenger during his seven seasons in north London and some reports have suggested that the French boss would be keen to have him back in the squad.

Asked about his relationship with Wenger, Song said: "He was like a father to me. He 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."

Song's return to the Emirates Stadium would give Wenger further alternatives in midfield, where he could compete with Mathieu Flamini or Mikel Arteta in deeper roles or contribute more going forward in a more advance position, given he grabbed 11 league assists in his final season in North London.

The Cameroonian international has only started nine games this season at Barcelona and has been an unused substitute in the last two matches.