Alex Song begins new Barca career
BARCELONA - Cameroon midfielder Alex Song signed a five-year contract with Barcelona on Monday, bringing an end to his time with Premier League club Arsenal.
Song posed for the traditional photo in front of the club's insignia before passing a medical examination and meeting Sandro Rosell, Barcelona's president.
The Spanish club paid Arsenal ?19m (R195m) for Song. Arsenal sold striker Robin van Persie to Manchester United earlier this week for R313m.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova said he was impressed with Song's versatility.
"(Song) can provide us with a lot of things. He's very good, he recovers the ball well and then can do good things with it," said Vilanova, who sees Song sharing time with Sergio Busquets as a defensive midfielder.
"Busquets can't play every game of the season so Song will be a great addition," Vilanova said.
"And he can also play in the centre of the defence. With him we'll have more alternatives (because) he can play in three different positions."
Song is Barcelona's second signing this summer after defender Jordi Alba, who joined from Valencia.
Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad 5-1 in their Spanish league opener on Sunday.
They host Real Madrid tomorrow in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup.