Alex Song has enjoyed an impressive loan spell at West Ham United, but now he finds himself back at Barcelona. It seems as if Barcelona has been looking to sell the Cameroonian midfielder ever since he arrived at Camp Nou from Arsenal. Now English sources are reporting that both Manchester City and Chelsea are interested in singing Song at the end of the season, which is not that surprising of news. Chelsea need to add another quality midfielder to provide depth behind Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, and Alex Song has plenty of Premier League experience and talent to do so. Manchester City will totally revamp their squad, and maybe sack manager Manuel Pellegrini after a disappointing season. They were thought to compete with Chelsea for the title, but they dropped off as the season went on struggling to stay in the top 3. James Milner, Yaya Touré, and Pablo Zabaleta could see their ways out of the Etihad this summer, but players like Song could fill their roles.
But as long as Chelsea has Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, I highly doubt they sign another holding midfielder. Ramires and Mikel have been heavily linked to moves away from Stamford Bridge, to clear way for Loftus-Cheek who has put on great performances during his chances in the Premier League and on the different youth teams. But bigger names like Giannelli Imbula or Paul Pogba would seem more realistic. Signing Song to replace Ramires wouldn’t be much of a change, but adding the physical presence of Imbula would be huge and Paul Pogba is the future of football, being one of the most complete midfielders at age 22.
I’m not saying Song would be a bad signing, just an insufficient one. If Barcelona do not win the race for Pogba, then they will most likely keep Song for a season or two while they search for the long term replacement for Xavi, who is leaving Camp Nou for Qatar this summer. It is unlikely that West Ham will extend the loan deal, due to financial problems, but even that move would make sense for Song, West Ham, and Barcelona.