Anfield side keen on Nou Camp winger.
Liverpool targeting Barcelona misfit
With the club set to lose out on the signatures of Xherdan Shaqiri and Eden Hazard, Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for Ibrahim Afellay as an alternative wing target.
Afellay hasn’t exactly found first team appearances easy to come by at the Camp Nou this season but is still a talent in the Primera Division; one which Liverpool are looking to recruit to the Anfield cause.
Despite signing Stewart Downing for a fee of around £20m over the summer transfer window, Kenny Dalglish is still hoping to sign further reinforcements for the position in 2012.
The 25 year-old has only made two appearances for Barça this season and although this is largely down to injury, he may be tempted by the move away as he searches for more first team football.
If a move does come about, Pep Guardiola is reportedly looking for a fee of £12m for his Dutch international, something New England Sports Ventures may be willing to part with after showing their commitment to spending in the past.
Ibrahim Afellay is a player with obvious ability who has seen his move to Barcelona hamper his progress both due to a lengthy injury lay-off but also due to the fact that Pep Guardiola only ever saw the Dutch winger as a back-up option, an option that has become all the more pointless since the emergence of Pedro and Isaac Cuenca and the purchase of Alexis Sanchez.
The 25 year old former PSV Eindhoven man was strongly linked with a move to Anfield before he moved to Barcelona on a nominal deal as he had only months left on his deal at his Eredivisie club. Therefore any decent offer for his services would surely tempt Guardiola to sell.
Liverpool could well do with more creativity his squad as currently his Anfield side is struggling to provide the ammunition for his forwards and Downing’s poor run of form coupled with the fact that the likes of Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt are in the latter stages of their careers may lead Kenny Dalglish considering a move for Afellay.