Monday 22 January 2018

Barca offer former Gunners star Song to Chelsea as part of Luiz deal

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song
Barcelona midfielder Alex Song

Matt Law

Barcelona are prepared to offer former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song to Chelsea as part of a bid for David Luiz. The Spanish club are set to battle with Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain over Luiz, who is expected to be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.

Bayern can use Chelsea's interest in striker Mario Mandzukic as a bargaining tool in their pursuit of Luiz, and Barca will check on whether the Blues want Song, who will leave the Nou Camp this summer and is interested in a return to the Premier League.

Barcelona have already offered him to Manchester United and Liverpool, and attempted to generate interest from Tottenham.

Like Luiz, Song can play in midfield or defence but it is unclear whether or not Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would be interested in the 26-year-old.

Mourinho has already made Tottenham midfielder Paulinho a target and is primarily ready to sell £30m-rated Luiz to help generate transfer funds, rather than to use him in swap deals.

Winger Alexis Sanchez could be a more appealing player to Mourinho if Barcelona are willing to offer him in a trade.

Liverpool have made an inquiry to Chelsea about signing Eden Hazard's brother Thorgan, who is on loan with Belgian club Zulte Waregem. The 21-year-old is Belgium Player of the Year.

Mourinho recently flew to Belgium to watch Thorgan, and also cast his eye over Anderlecht's 17-year-old starlet Youri Tielemans.

Chelsea are among a host of clubs interested in the highly rated Tielemans. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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