Arsenal are facing up to losing two of their top players for the second consecutive season after Barcelona made their move to sign Alex Song.
Nou Camp officials flew into London on Wednesday intent on tabling a £12million offer for the all-action midfielder.
And Sportsmail understands despite Song’s major influence and the fact he still has three years left to run on his current deal, the Gunners will give serious consideration to selling the Cameroon international if they receive an offer between £15-20m.
Losing one star turn could be considered unfortunate but losing two would be considered negligent.
Alex Song has stated that he is happy at Arsenal but perhaps the loss of Robin Van Persie could act as a catalyst for the Cameroon to re-think his view of a possible move to the Nou Camp. If that is the case then clearly an offer of £12m for a player with three years left on his contract would be laughed off as some sort of joke.
To put that fee into some sort of perspective in today’s crazy transfer market, Wolves are looking to garner £15m for the services of Scottish international Steven Fletcher, a price-tag that they may well see met this summer.
The 25 year old was thought of for some time as a simple enforcer who was well known for his crunching tackles but now the former Bastia man has grown into a more complete player and finished last term as Arsenal’s top assist maker and arguably left the North London club with a soft centre as a result.
Arsene Wenger would surely fight tooth and nail to prevent another of his top first team players from leaving this summer but if Barcelona have indeed flown in for talks the implication is that Arsenal are open to talks on the matter, which is of course a worrying development as far as Gunners fans are concerned.
SOURCE: Daily Mail