Bundesliga side win race for playmaker.
Schalke have beaten Liverpool and Tottenham to the signing of winger Ibrahim Afellay on a season-long loan from Barcelona.
The Bundesliga club’s chairman and star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have both welcomed the Dutchman to the club and he is expected to sign within the next 24 hours.
Premier League duo Liverpool and Spurs were both interested in the 25-year-old, who has been given the green light to leave the Catalan giants this summer after an injury-hit campaign last term.
But Afellay looks almost certain to join Schalke after their chairman, Clemens Tonnies told Sport Bild: “He is a great player. I assume everything will be fine.”
And Afellay’s Netherlands teammate Huntelaar took to twitter to confirm the news.
The signing is a significant coup for Schalke but will come as a blow to Liverpool, who have also missed out on the signature of Afellay’s Barca teammate Cristian Tello.
The Reds remain in the hunt for a winger, with Arsenal’s Theo Walcott another possible target.
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