The Catalan club have set their sights on Gunners midfielder Song after being priced out of a move for Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez.

Arsenal 'want Cristian Tello as part of Alex Song transfer'

Arsene Wenger does not want to sell the Cameroon international, but the two clubs will hold negotiations about a possible transfer on Sunday, reports Mundo Deportivo.

With just a week to go until the new season gets underway, Wenger does not want to be left short of players and Arsenal officials will make it clear they are only prepared to consider a £20 million deal that includes a player as part of the package.

It was thought they would request Netherlands international Ibrahim Afellay, but it now appears Wenger would prefer Tello.

The 21-year-old is a product of Barcelona’s famous youth system and broke into the senior team last season.

However, he is not in new Barca boss Tito Vilanova’s plans for the coming campaign and the Catalan club would be willing to allow him to move on.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have confirmed Mexico international Carlos Vela has left the club to sign a permanent deal with Real Sociedad, where he spent last season on loan.

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