Alex Song is deemed as surplus to requirements at Barcelona and reportedly, Premier League duo of Manchester United and Liverpool is ready to battle for the signature of Ivory Cost midfielder.

English newspaper Daily Mirror has reported today that the Barcelona midfielder, 26, is understood to be receptive to the interest of both clubs. Song is well aware that he is no more required and is set to be sold by Barca, two years after moving to the Spanish club from Arsenal.

Barcelona signed Song in 2011 for whopping £16m, but now ready to sell him for almost half of that price as they are keen to feel the other areas of concern. Barca Sporting director Andoni Zuzizaretta is of the opinion that Song is not a “Barca material”. This situation of the player has not gone unnoticed in England and both, Manchester and Liverpool are ready to step up their pursuit of ex-Arsenal star.

It is no secret that Manchester United management (and fans too) is not happy with the performance levels of Maroune Falliani and they have been linked with host of names including Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich and Ander Herrera of Athletic Bilbao. However, they have received a red signal from Bayern management and price of Ander Herrera will be at least 4 times more than that of Alex Song. And Athletic Bilbao management is known in football world as the most difficult when it comes to negotiating a deal and United management is aware of this fact.

Liverpool meanwhile, are going to play in the Champions League next season and want to increase the depth of their squad. It was reported earlier this week that Reds’ management has handed over a £70 million war chest to manager Brendon Rodgers and Song could prove a quality and economical option the Northern Irishman.

The good news for both the club is, Song himself is interested in a move to Premier League club. Speaking in March, Song revealed England was always likely to be hisfavorite destination should he leave Spain.

 He said: “If I leave Barcelona it will be to return to the Premier League.

“I will return to England one day, that’s for sure.”

Alex Song is a guaranteed starter for his country Ivory Cost and it is likely that any decision over the future of the player will be made only after the completion of the World Cup in Brazil.

THT Verdict:

Barcelona management is keen to off load Alex Song and the player himself is ready to cut his ties with the Catalans in order to get regular playing time. A move to either of the club will prove a good step forward for the career of Song. Nonetheless, Manchester are the favorites for his signature at the moment.