English Premiership

Arsenal agree to sell Song

2012-08-18 19:31
Alex Song (File)

London - Arsenal midfielder Alex Song is the latest star player to leave the Emirates Stadium after Barcelona agreed a deal to sign the Cameroon star on Saturday.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already lost striker Robin van Persie to Manchester United this week and Arsenal's hopes of a successful campaign suffered another blow with Barca luring Song to the Camp Nou.

The north London club, without a trophy for seven years, confirmed they had accepted Barca's offer for Song just minutes after Saturday's 0-0 draw against Sunderland.

"Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Alex Song to Barcelona," an Arsenal statement read.

"Song will now travel to the Catalan club to agree personal terms and undergo a medical ahead of the proposed move."

Barca then revealed they had agreed to pay 15 million (19 million euros) for Song, who will have a release clause of 80 million euros inserted in his contract.

The 24-year-old won't be able to complete his move in time to feature in Barca's opening La Liga fixture against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Song, who has made 204 appearances for Arsenal during his seven seasons at the club, scoring 10 goals, was missing from the squad for the Sunderland clash after Barca made their interest known earlier in the week.

If he completes his move to Barca, Song would be following a well-worn path, with Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb and Cesc Fabregas having left the Gunners to join Barca during Wenger's reign.

However, while Wenger described van Persie's exit as a "bitter pill", he isn't so concerned about losing Song and he hinted he could sign a replacement before the transfer window closes on August 31.

"We have (Jack) Wilshere coming back now, we have (Abou) Diaby back, we have (Tomas) Rosicky not far away and we might bring someone in."

Read more on:    arsenal  |  epl  |  alex song  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
Fixtures
21 December 2014
Liverpool v Arsenal, Anfield 18:00
22 December 2014
Stoke City v Chelsea, Britannia Stadium 22:00
26 December 2014
Chelsea v West Ham United, Stamford Bridge 14:45
Everton v Stoke City, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v Aston Villa, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Newcastle United, Old Trafford 17:00
Crystal Palace v Southampton, Selhurst Park 17:00
Sunderland v Hull City, Stadium of Light 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 17:00
Burnley v Liverpool, Turf Moor 17:00
Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers, Emirates Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.