Song completes Barcelona move
Alex Song has completed his move to Barcelona from Arsenal. They player passed his medical with the Spanish giants and then put the finishing touches on his £15m move.
Doctor Ricard Pruna said of Song: "He has a very low body fat percentage and very good muscle quality. All the tests have come out satisfactorily and he is available to the coach."
Song, whose contract with Barça has a buy-out clause of €80m, is set to join his new team-mates for the official team presentation at the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Nou Camp this evening, where the Catalan club face Sampdoria.
Song sat out Arsenal's Premier League opener against Sunderland on Saturday amid widespread speculation he was on the verge of a move to Barça, and immediately after that match it was announced that the two clubs had agreed terms for the transfer of the player.
The midfielder joined the Gunners on loan from French club Bastia in August 2005 before Arsene Wenger made the move permanent at the end of the 2005/06 season.
In the following season he spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Charlton Athletic before returning to Arsenal and subsequently establishing himself as a key member of Wenger's squad.
In total, Song made 204 competitive appearances for Arsenal during his seven seasons at the club, scoring ten goals.
Song becomes Barça's second major signing of the summer after the capture of Spain full-back Jordi Alba from Valencia and follows a well-worn path from Arsenal to the Nou Camp.
During Wenger's reign, Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb and Cesc Fabregas have all made the switch to Barça.