Former Gunners midfielder Alexandre Song could be on his way to Olympique de Marseille from Rubin Kazan.
According to Maxifoot, the ex-Arsenal and Barcelona ball-winner is on his way to Ligue 1 to join OM who are planning an ambitious summer of spending to try and challenge for the league title next season.
The 29-year-old is said to be high on Marseille’s wishlist and may be keen for a move to France given his failed spell in the Russian Premier League. Song’s season at Rubin ended with a red card in his final appearance and the club finished in a disapointing ninth place.
With AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain dominating the the French Ligue 1 in recent seasons, the owners of Marseille are desperate to shift the power balance and end the monopoly in the coming seasons. They have lucrative resources to bring players into the club and have been targeting ex-French-based stars this summer.
Song spent seven years at Arsenal, making 206 appearances before eventually leaving for Barcelona in the summer of 2012 for €19million. He was released from Barcelona to join Rubin Kazan on a free transfer last summer, but his time in Russia has been disappointing.
His wages may be a stumbling block, however, earning £3.5million-a-year at Rubin currently, leaving Marseille to decide whether they deem the midfielder worth the money. Alex Song was a target for the French club in the past but a lack of finances ended any chance of the deal going through. They may have more luck this time.