Arsene Wenger has ruled out bringing former midfielder Alex Song back to Arsenal this summer.
Following comments from his cousin, former Liverpool defender Rigobert Song, earlier this week that the 25-year-old was unhappy with his lack of playing time since joining Barcelona last summer, there were reports that Arsenal would launch a bid to take him back to the Emirates.
But Wenger ha said that Song should stick it out at Barcelona and also dismissed suggestions that Arsenal included an option in the sale allowing them to buy the player back.
"There is no buy-back [clause] in his contract," Wenger said, according to Sky Sports.
"He is a quality player and sometimes the players have to insist when it doesn't go well and not change his mind too soon.
"My personal advice for him would be to give it another go and after two seasons he can still make a decision."
It also doesn’t appear likely that Arsenal will be signing Song’s Barcelona teammate Victor Valdes in the summer.
Valdes, 31, has previously revealed that he won’t be extending his contract, which expires in 2014, as he seeks a fresh challenge in a new country. And Arsenal had been seen as the front-runners for his signature with Valdes having spoken of his fondness for the Premier League.
But, despite earlier reports that Valdes could well leave this summer, Barcelona’s vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that the club has no intention of cashing in on the Spain international.
“[President Sandro] Rosell has had contact with Valdes to make it clear that we have to leave the doors open [on him changing his mind],” he said, according to the Daily Mirror.
“As we prioritize sporting aspects, we prefer to run out the contract until June 2014 rather than sell him this summer.
“We have no deadline in Valdes’s case, one option is to run to the end of his contract and in that case we will not sign a goalkeeper [this summer].”
Spanish publication AS has also published a story claiming that Valdes will remain at Camp Nou for next season, while reporting that there have yet to be any approaches made for the stopper.
Meanwhile, there could well be movement for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani this summer -- according to the player’s mother.
Cavani is highly coveted by Chelsea and Manchester City, while Wenger has also spoken of his appreciation of the Uruguayan’s talents.
The 26-year-old recently hinted that he could be open to offers at the end of the season and now his mother, Berta Gomez, has gone one step further.
"He told me he wants to go elsewhere and to leave Napoli, but also that one day he'd love to return to Napoli," Gomez told Uruguayan radio, according to ESPN. "Edi doesn't know what will happen yet.
"Naples is a city that lives for football. The affection of the people is marvelous and I have always told my son: 'You can go anywhere, but nobody will love you like they do at Napoli.’”
Finally, a new transfer target for Arsenal has been reported in the form of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Takashi Inui. The attacking midfielder has been watched recently by Gunners chief scout Steve Rowley, reports the Daily Mail.
The 24-year-old Japan international only signed from Bochum last summer and has scored six goals and contributed four assists in 28 Bundesliga appearances.
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