Manchester City have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Barcelona reserve Alex Song, reports Sky Sports.
The 27-year-old played 28 times for West Ham last season, and impressed at Upton Park as they troubled the bigger sides for some of the campaign. This has played its part in drawing the interest of the two title challengers, but it is his home grown status that has made him so desirable. The Hammers are also keen on keeping the midfielder, but may find it hard to beat the lure of Champions League football.
Barca are looking for £5 million for the player they paid £15 million for three years ago even though he still has two years left on his current contract at the Nou Camp. He has played just 52 times for the Catalan side during his time there, failing to force his way in to a starting berth ahead of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets.
The centre-mid has proven Premier League quality though, having spent six years with Arsenal. The Cameroon international played 215 times for the North London club, and this will entice the interested teams. It is likely he would be a back up at both Stamford Bridge and the Etihad, but they will still want him to make an impact if needed.