Ibrahim Afellay Heading To North London?

By on June 1, 2012

As the summer transfer window opens, we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news. Today, Arsenal and Tottenham are linked with Barcelona’s Ibrahim Afellay.

Ibrahim Afellay

Arsenal and Tottenham are set to battle it out for the signature of Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, according to the Metro.

The report claims that Barca are ready to cash in on the Dutch ace and will accept offers in the region of £6m for the former PSV midfielder. Afellay moved to Spain in January 2011 from the Dutch side but has struggled for game time, making just 5 appearances last season after missing seven months with a serious knee injury.

The 26-year-old is currently away on international duty with Holland ahead of this summers European championships, and Barcelona have put him up for sale hoping a starring role in Poland and Ukraine may boost the players value, as the Catalans look to raise funds for their own summer transfer plans.

The Metro suggest that Arsenal and Tottenham have both been tracking the Dutchman for several years now and may sense the opportunity to grab a bargain, but they may face competition from Liverpool who are also said to be long-term admirers. However, any move from the Merseysiders will be put on hold until new boss Brendan Rodgers outlines his transfer plans to the clubs board.

FT Verdict

Afellay is certainly a talented individual and will not be short of options this summer, but any potential suitor will be weary of his chequered injury record.

Robin van Persie seems to link up well with the lad at international level so Arsene Wenger may decide to follow-up his interest and pair them up at club level, and it would also be a nice way of persuading his captain to stay at the Emirates.

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However, we shouldn’t discount Tottenham as a potential destination. Question marks remain over the futures of Rafa van der Vaart and Luka Modric, and Afellay would fit in well should either leave White Hart Lane this summer.

There aren’t many players out there available for just £6m who have the talent of Afellay, and i wouldn’t be surprised to see him plying his trade in North London next season. But whether it’s for Arsenal or Tottenham…it’s hard to say.

Would you like to see Afalley at your club? Get involved in the comments section.

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70 Comments

  1. Lebbi

    June 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Dat guy is good,prof pls get him

  2. Lebbi

    June 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Dat guy is good,prof pls get him.he is going to fit in our game

  3. Lahday

    July 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hello Arsene I wish that young prolific player should be given the chance in our team as a supportive midfielder since we don’t know how fit is Arshavin in our squad for now…… Please Prof Wenger sign us Afellay

  4. F

    July 3, 2012 at 6:46 am

    D prof pls get playmarker and ibrahim af.

  5. Francisco

    July 3, 2012 at 6:57 am

    We need the done deal not rumours in dis stage dat we re,get d qulity and sell d quntity,bcos we need CL,EPL,FA,CC,not emirate cup again.

  6. azeez

    July 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    wenger plz get us afellay it’s a good player with great skills plz get it 4 ur.in arsene we trust.up gunners

  7. arube hussein khalil

    July 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Yes wanger Ballance that with that you have six is arsenal budget,and also sharp guy skilful witth passes

    thanks

  8. Azeez

    July 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Hi prof,Afalley is a sure boy,don’t essitate 2 get him

  9. Rume

    July 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    prof pls we really need afelley and at dat price i think he should be a sure signing and also a good addition to d club…. In wenger we trust.

  10. Kirsty

    July 13, 2012 at 4:16 am

    he’s hot

  11. unlikesadam

    July 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Please Prof Wenger sign us Afellay

  12. Jerry

    July 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Mr wenger pls get affelay 4 us and Rondom

  13. Thaddeus chigozie

    July 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Mr wenger, we play almost d same pattern with barca, dat guy was able 2 impress with d little chance he was offered in spain. Why not try him out anyway. If u can b able 2try chamakkh, who neva impressed, y not try someone dat have played with xavi, messi iniesta etc in training and even in matches. Plz dis is a great decision to make. Prof u are the wise one, pls consider this. The ball is on our court. We need an option in midfield. Midfield is d heart of every game. Thank u.

  14. Sulyman

    July 17, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Mr Wenger. Pls get afellay 4 us ‘cos we need trophy dis season.

  15. Abdi samad

    July 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I trst arsenal bt get 2 4 us gy plz nd plz mr wnge

  16. roast

    July 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Buy the guy,it cheap and it very skilful to your likening,Baba ljebu.

  17. Stanley

    July 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    My manager to b in my dream Affelay z gud and skillsful e can do a magic plz sign him we ned trumph and z cheap i can wait to c him

  18. Aboy

    July 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Arsenal til jusus come, hw i wish dat mr wenger is seeing all dis our post,wenger i can neva beg u 2 sign any player,i promise u dat i can neva live arsenal bcos of u,u’ll be d one 2 live 4 me..trophy or no trophy am a gud and true ars fan til i die.long life 2 all arsenal players and fans.

  19. Aboy

    July 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Arsenal til jusus come, arsenal shd sign d guy. hw i wish dat mr wenger is seeing all dis our post,wenger i can neva beg u 2 sign any player,i promise u dat i can neva live arsenal bcos of u,u’ll be d one 2 live 4 me..trophy or no trophy am a gud and true ars fan til i die.long life 2 all arsenal players and fans.

  20. chris

    July 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    gunners need de playmaker,is a good buisness

  21. chris

    July 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    gunners need de playmaker,

  22. EKENZE1

    July 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Mr Wenger if u can buy Affelaye,Llorente nd M’villa.d better for arsenal.

  23. Sagir

    July 25, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Wanger! Do u always share arsenal fans sentiment? Ps go for Affely. Unblvbl bargain.

  24. daddi'sson arsenal gombe.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

    the only three players that could make the ending of arsenal’s trophyless ARE-m’vila,liorente, affelay. this is the write decision making 4every arsenal fans. ARSENAL IS MY FAVOURITE FOOTBALL CLUB IN D WORLD 7O%cos of arsenal manager,arsene wenger. who want 2 join me in facebook here is my user name USMAN BABAYO ABUBAKAR.

  25. mike

    July 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    we lack creative dribling and dazzling players but in affely we have one

  26. Aaron

    July 27, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Pls wenger we ne affely in arsenal term

  27. Ebiye solo

    July 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Pls Mrs wonder we nid affelaye,nd santi catzola or ganson ramiriz. Mr wonder dn’t fail us… We nid trouphies

  28. kayuzmale

    July 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

    d frof, pls we nid dis guy,we can use dis 2 detain RVP, secondly 2 pair him wit arteta 4 the unstable arshavin, we expect trophy dis season, wenger pls, if u see our post.

  29. Olalekan

    July 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I want afalley to play at arsenal because we couple with our game

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