Alex Song has signed for Rubin Kazan. The central midfielder arrived at Barcelona in 2012, for 19 million euros from Arsenal, which turned out to be a disaster. He came with the tag of being a mix of Yaya Toure and Seydou Keita, but in reality that was not the case.
Four seasons later the player leaves Barcelona. Although the numbers of the operation have not been announced, sources indicate that Barcelona have allowed him to leave for free.
A quick calculation shows that Song cost Barcelona 4,600 euros for each minute he was at the club. Here are the stats about Operation Song…
-19m euros to sign him from Arsenal on August 20, 2012.
-5 year contract with Barcelona
-80m release fee clause
-5m each year in salary
-25m transfer value in 2012 (per Transfermarkt)
-6m transfer value in 2016 (per Transfermarkt)
-65 games played for Barcelona
-44 games as a starter
-1 goal and 2 assists at Barcelona
-4,113 minutes played as a Barcelona player
-2 loans to West Ham