Anfield boss linked with Nou Camp winger move.
Liverpool are looking to renew their interest in Barcelona’s Ibrahim Afellay as they seek a top level solution to their right flank problem.
The Reds are looking to field two orthodox wingers in their new look attack with the focus on supplying good service to £35m man Andy Carroll and his Uruguayan strike partner Luis Suarez either by crossing the ball early or by getting down behind the opposition defence and cutting the ball back from the byline. The signing of Stewart Downing from Aston Villa for £20m has filled the vacancy on the left flank and taken care of delivery from deep though manager Kenny Dalglish is still looking to bolster his options on the other side of the field.
Ever since Barcelona completed the signing of Afellay there have been conspiracy theories circulating that the deal was done solely so the club could sell the undoubtedly talented footballer for a quick and tidy profit to help ease their debt burden. If Liverpool offer the right amount – around £13m – those theories could be found to be correct.
Liverpool have been repeatedly linked with interest in Dutch international winger Ibrahim Afellay and perhaps this summer is a realistic time for the Merseyside club to strike? Kenny Dalglish has been handed a fair amount of money by the Anfield club’s owners and the 25 year old attacker may be just what the club needs to add balance to their attack.
At present the right side of the midfield is occupied chiefly by Dirk Kuyt who is a determined and talented player but perhaps a square hole in a round peg. The former Feyenoord man was of course converted into a wide man by Rafa Benitez but perhaps he could be switched back into a front man to act as a very capable back up to the club’s first choice strikers?
Afellay has barely had a look in at the Nou Camp following his move to the La Liga giants in January, but then that must have been expected and the idea that the Utrecht born player may have been brought in for his sell on value is by no means a unrealistic one.
The arrival of Alexis Sanchez will further hamper Afellay’s progress and a number of club’s have been linked with a move for the Barca man and Liverpool would appear to have the funds to make a decent offer.
That said, it would seem that Dalglish would have more pressing matters to attend to, such as Liverpool’s defence, which last season conceded their most Premier League goals since the 1998/99 season. Injury concerns over Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have further exacerbated the issue, so expect possible additions to fill that hole this summer.