Nou Camp attacking midfielder strongly linked with Anfield move.
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Barcelona are ready to cash in on Ibrahim Afellay this summer.
The Dutch midfielder only moved from PSV Eindhoven in January for €2.2 million – Barca choosing to cough up the fee, despite the player coming off contract in June.
However, AS says Liverpool are now willing to pay over five times Afellay’s fee to bring him to England in June.
And Barca chiefs are keen to cash in.
The final word will be left with coach Pep Guardiola. But it could represent good – and quick – business for Barca to sell the little-used Afellay in the summer.
This source believes that a deal to bring Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay is likely to complete a move from the Nou Camp to Liverpool and if this indeed the case then the 24 year old will be a great addition to the Merseyside club’s attacking third.
Pep Guardiola has not really given the former PSV Eindhoven man much of a look in at the Nou Camp yet, however it has only been a couple of months since he joined the Catalan giants so it would be a surprise if he was so swiftly sold on.
Clearly Ibrahim Afellay was always going to struggle to get a regular game given the talent already in at the La Liga champions but interest from the Premier League may well tempt the attacking midfielder and perhaps after years of being a regular in the Dutch Eredivisie, the experience of warming the bench could prove a little unusual and unpleasant.
Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli is apparently a big fan of the intelligent playmaker and sees Afellay as the answer to the club’s lack of effective options out wide. The likes of Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, Maxi and Dirk Kuyt have been played in these areas with varying degrees of success and the signing of the Barcelona man could help provide ammunition for the club’s recent striker signings of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll?