Barça reach agreement to sign Alex Song for €19 million

Barça have just announced officially an agreement with Arsenal to buy Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong for a price of €19 million. The 24-year-old Song will take a medical on Monday morning and if there are no problems he will then sign a contract for five years with a get-out clause of €80 million, and then he will be presented with the rest of the first team squad before Monday night’s Joan Gamper match against Sampdoria.

When Song joined Arsenal in 2005 from Bastia he was very much a fringe player for Arsene Wenger but he has been a regular in the gunners’ midfield since the end of 2008, while he has shown the versatility to also play in central defence and at right back. However, his signing would appear to be to replace Seydou Keita and his role would initially appear to be as back up to Sergio Busquets for the defensive midfield role. Having seen other midfielders used as defenders in recent years it will be interesting to see where Song ends up playing more. He has also played 30 times for Cameroon and he becomes the first Cameroonian to play for our first team since Samuel Eto’o left in 2009 though we do of course have some excellent youngsters coming through such as Jean Marie Dongou and Macky Frank Bagnack from the same country.

Good luck Alex, here’s to a long and successful career at Camp Nou.

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5 Responses to Barça reach agreement to sign Alex Song for €19 million

  1. FC Barcelona Rocks! says:

    I’m quite sceptical about this signing. Song has improved over the years. But i’m not too sure about his defensive part of the game. He is not too good at positioning and tends to lose concentration every now and then when been played in a more defensive role. I hope our backroom staff and some of the first team players such as Puyol, Pique and Busquets can help him improve this part of his game.

    Overall, Song is pretty much a Jack of all trades. He is aggressive, can make dangerous forward runs, has a good pass in him (a little better in the passing department as compared to Mascherano) and is significantly faster than Busquets. In my opinion, i think Song is a slight upgrade from Keita.

    Lastly, i really hope we start the season with a bang. Hoping to see us score half a dozen of GOALS!!

  2. FC Barcelona Rocks! says:

    Guys, is it possible for us to line up something like this later in the season??

    It would be interesting if we set up to play something like…

    Pedro…………….Messi(fake NO.9)………..A.Sanchez

    ……………Iniesta(CAM)………………………………
    …………………………Xavi(CM))………………………

    ………………Song………………Busquets………..

    Alba…………………….Pique……………………..Alves

    …………………………..Valdes………………………….

    • FC Barcelona Rocks! says:

      When under attack, Song and Busquets will take roles as covering center backs for Pique. During attack, Busquets will stay deep to standby for opponent counter while Song will only go forward sparingly.

      With the prospect of David Villa, Fabregas, Mascherano, Puyol, Bartra, Cuenca, Affellay, Adriano, Deulofeu, Tello, Thiago Alcantara as subs, one can’t deny that we look absolutely strong on the bench as well. I just hope Song adapts quickly.

      Share your thoughts on how best you think we should set up for the upcoming season.

  3. Caleb says:

    I think he’s a good signing. I’m always impressed with him when I watch Arsenal. If he can prove to fill in at center half then we’ve made a good piece of business.

  4. Fredegar says:

    Most people seem to agree that he’s come as a defensive midfielder, but personnally I see him really just like a replacement for Keita, replacing Iniesta or Xavi if we need a bit more of muscle in the midfield, but certainly not in the place of Busquets, even if it’s the role he assumed at Arsenal. If we need cover for Busquets in case of injury or anything, my number one choice would be Mascherano. Time will tell!

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