Saturday, 18 August 2012

Barcelona seal Song’s deal

Arsenal have agreed terms with Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Alex Song to the Spanish side. The 24-year-old Cameroon
international will now travel to
the Nou Camp to agree personal
terms and undergo a medical,
Arsenal announced in a
statement on their website.
Barcelona confirmed in a
statement the fee for Song will
be 19 million euros (£15m).
The Barcelona statement read,
“Barcelona have agreed a deal
with Arsenal for the transfer of
Alex Song to the Nou Camp. The
fee is 19 million euros.
“The Cameroon international
midfielder will sign for the next
five seasons with a release clause
of 80 million euros.
“On Monday he’ll have a medical
and then join the rest of the
squad for the official team
presentation at the Joan Gamper
If he completes his move to
Barca, Song would become the
Primera Division club’s second
major signing of the summer
after the capture of Spain full-
back Jordi Alba from Valencia.
Song would also be following a
well-worn path to Barca, with
Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit,
Giovanni van Bronckhorst,
Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb
and Cesc Fabregas having all
moved from Arsenal to the Nou
Camp during Wenger’s reign.
Wenger revealed Song had been
keen on a move away from
Emirates Stadium. Speaking after
Saturday’s 0-0 draw against
Sunderland, Wenger said, “He
expressed a desire to go to
“It is frustrating, we have learnt
to deal with that. I believe as well
that the financial potential of
some clubs is massive and that
makes a difference.”

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