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Barcelona Winger Ibrahim Afellay Has Choice Of Liverpool And Two Other Premier League Clubs

Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham awaiting winger’s decision.

Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay is set to decide between Premier League trio Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Catalan giants have accepted season-long loan offers from all three clubs, with the choice now up to the Dutchman. It is believed each has offered Barca a £4m loan fee but there is no option to buy the player next summer.

Afellay has struggled to make an impact since joining the La Liga runners-up from PSV 18 months ago.

After initially impressing at the Nou Camp, a serious knee injury sidelined the tricky wide-man for the majority of last season and he watched from the sidelines as youngsters like Cristian Tello moved above him in the pecking order.

The 26-year-old did prove his fitness in time to feature in the Netherlands’ disappointing Euro 2012 campaign but, despite promising talks with new Barca head-coach Tito Vilanova in June, he has now been told he can leave the club.

Arsenal and Tottenham have been tracking Afellay for some time, with Spurs desperate to add another creative midfielder to their squad after selling Luka Modric to Barca’s fierce rivals Real Madrid. The club have been tracking Shakhat Donetsk’s Willian but are struggling to agree a fee with the Ukrainians and consider Afellay a cheaper, albeit short-term, alternative.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of Afellay, while Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to add some pace and flair to his side and has turned to the Netherlands star after missing out on teammate Tello.

It is believed the winger favours a move to a Champions League club putting Arsenal in the driving seat but Liverpool recently beat the Emirates Stadium outfit to the signing of Nuri Sahin, while Tottenham have proven their ability to attract top players this summer by landing Gylfi Sigurdsson – a Liverpool target -, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jan Vertonghen.


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