The Barcelona vice president Josep Bartomeu has said that the Premier league club Arsenal were not interested in selling the star midfielder Alex Song. Barcelona have secured a number of Arsenal players in the past, which has helped them quickly seal the deal for the 24-year-old Cameroon international Alex Song. However, the vice president of the Catalan club has now revealed that Arsenal did not want to sell the player, but were left with no other alternative after the decision by the player to leave the club. Despite having spent a number of years at the Emirates stadium, Song has not lifted a major title with the club.
It is thought to be a major factor in his decision to leave the club. Song was signed for just £ 2.5 million by the manager Arsene Wenger. He has made a hefty profit on the player after deciding to sell him for more than £ 15 million. Even though Josep Bartomeu has said that the speed of negotiations was extremely satisfying, the negotiations themselves was not easy because Arsenal were needed to be persuaded a lot in order to sell the star assets. Song and Robin van Persie are the major departures from the Emirates stadium in this summer.
“It was not easy to bring Song to Barca. As happened with Cesc [Fabregas], Arsenal did not want to sell him and were asking a high price, but we are happy with what we paid both for Cesc and Song. The negotiations weren’t easy, but the player wanted to come, and that made things easier. It was tough, but it all went much faster than other negotiations have done,” said the vice president of the club after unveiling the signing of the 24-year-old Cameroon international, who had 14 assists to his name last season.