José Mourinho is set to line up a £25 million offer for former Arsenal star, Alex Song. The Cameroonian is owned by Barcelona, but was loaned out to West Ham United this season. West Ham has the first option to sign Alex Song to a permanent deal this summer. Song has appeared in 25 matches for the Hammers this season, but he has yet to resurrect the same form he had at Arsenal. After starting the season off superbly, his form has taken a dramatic pit-fall since the turn of the year. Song would want a move to Chelsea, or Liverpool, but he is said to still question a permanent move at West Ham.
Alex Song is not the typical Mourinho holding midfielder. He is not nearly as strong as current Chelsea man, Nemanja Matić or former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makélélé. Song is described to be a much better attacking player then he is defensively, which is the opposite of Matić and Makélélé, who are both world-class defenders. Song does have the ability to live up to the expectations set by Matić and Makélélé, but he would have to work extremely hard to be the player he used to be at Arsenal, where he would wreak havoc across the pitch, causing all sorts of problems for the opposing side.
Song was signed from the Emirates to Camp Nou in 2012 for just £15 million, and that was close to the peak of his career. A fee anywhere near £25 million would be a rip-off by Barcelona, for he is nowhere worth that price. Something around £10 million-£15 million would be a reasonable fee for the Cameroonian. I do not see Mourinho pursuing Song this summer, because he has no fit in the squad. He could be used as a substitute to Nemanja Matić, or Cesc Fàbregas, but current Chelsea man Ramires does a wonderful job of that already.
Expect to see Alex Song in a West Ham kit next season, either on a permanent deal or loaned out from Barcelona. His performance in these final weeks of the Premier League will play a key part in if he is loaned out again or finally sold to a team where he fits in at West Ham.