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.