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Barca offer Tello to Arsenal as part of deal for Song

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Barcelona’s attempt to land Alex Song has moved up a gear as the Catalans are reportedly ready to offer youngster Cristian Tello in exchange for the Arsenal enforcer. Barca have employed their tried and trusted method of negotiation by providing regular sound bites to the press about the player, with Gerard Pique the latest to share his thoughts about the Cameroonian International. in Spain claimed that Barca could use young Tello as a makeweight in the deal as they hope to bring down the asking price. The 20 year old hasn’t been named in Tito Vilanova’s 25-man squad and is expected to leave the Nou Camp soon, with Liverpool also an interested party.

The report also suggests that Arsenal will not back down on their demand of at least 19m euros for the 25 year old, who has two years left in his contract. The Gunners have been conspicuously quiet since Song has been linked with Barca, possibly hinting that Arsene Wenger is open to the midfielder leaving the Emirates. The veteran manager will be spoilt for choice in the central midfield area once he has all his players fit, but even then Song would represent a huge loss as he has been one of the club’s most consistent performers in recent seasons.