Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Offered Barcelona Attacker

By on July 13, 2012

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Arsenal are linked with a Barcelona midfielder.

Ibrahim Afellay

Arsenal have been offered Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, according to Goal.com.

The report claims that Barca officials have told the player he is no longer required at the club, sparking interest across Europe.

The Catalans are keen to raise cash for their pursuit of Athletic Blilbao’s Javi Martinez and are willing to cash-in on Afellay. His agent, Rob Jansen, is believed to have offered his client to both Arsenal and Inter Milan as he looks to find the 26-year-old a new home ahead of next season.

Goal suggest Barca will be willing to do business at around €6 million with Inter thought to be seriously considering making a move for the attacking midfielder.

The Gunners may also be interested, as boss Arsene Wenger remains keen on bringing a playmaker to the club this summer, and the Frenchman narrowly missed out on the former PSV star when he moved to Barca in 2011.

Afellay moved to the Nou Camp in January of that year and made a good start to his career in Spain, playing 28 times during the second half of his debut season.

However, a serious knee injury kept him out for almost the entire 2011/12 season and despite declaring his intention to fight for his place in Tivo Vilanova’s side, Afellay looks certain to leave this summer after being told he isn’t in their first team plans next term.

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32 Comments

  1. the Gunt

    July 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Yes please !! Waaaay better option then walcott or ramsey !!

    • jk

      July 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      exactly walcott is not a winger he cant beat a player with skill or cross a ball either play through the middle or sell, afellay is quality although he is injury prone

      • Steven

        July 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

        He cant cross yet he got 11 assists last season 8 in the prem

      • towsyn

        July 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

        People always find it easy to criticise walcott, yet he gave us most of our best moment last season. To say walcott can beat a player n can’t cross is blatant gibberish, check all RVP’s goal and count the number of Walcott’s assist for him

    • demongooner returns

      July 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      ramsey and walcot are not really wingers though are they

  2. vince

    July 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Where do u get ur transfer stories from?2day is dis,2moro is dat.Pls give us concrete transfers.I don’t want to develop high-blood pressure.Tell us if they have signed,dats all.

  3. imran

    July 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    yes yesssss, he should be a gunner, Wenger must sold Walcott n bring him in!!!!

  4. Elo

    July 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    It is a good thing for arsenal to sign new players

    • demongooner returns

      July 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      why please explain what you mean

  5. modupe

    July 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Better option than Ramsey. But is it real?

  6. davo

    July 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    You lot are scum !

    spuds scum cant win anything !!!

    dont matter who they sign ha ha ha scum bags

  7. ola

    July 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    i hate speculatios listen to arsenal news atime gives u bloodpressure also tells u hw un serious arsenal r.u ppl shld always tell us dat r already sign or moved out not abt to or we want to am tired of dis club sef

  8. JONATHAN

    July 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I LOVE IBRAHIM I HATE W. COT & RAMSEY PLS AW CHANGE UR POLICE

  9. Apiku

    July 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I hope dis news is true. Affelay is better dan…

  10. Irone Elvis

    July 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    This rumour done tired me oh make tell say arsenal done sign this player or e dey do medical na we want 2 hear form u guys!

  11. Cass

    July 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I smell a rat in dis story if it true – Barca would want Vermaelen in return or Van Persie in a straight swap – i just can’t c Barca giving Arsenal a player wid out something in return, no to me i rather keep Walcott or give de Ox his opportunity plus i feel there r some players like Ramsey, Lansbury, Coquelin, Diaby & Frimpong when fit deserve a chance plus Affelay did not impress me in de Euro but then again none of de Dutch squad did.

    • JoeyMonday

      July 14, 2012 at 1:09 am

      agree with every word (except Frimpong)

  12. Brad clawson

    July 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Frimpong is DENCH! Sign 2 more players and a class replacement for RVP.

  13. Christopher Bule(Uganda)

    July 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Oh my God why don’t U help us and we sign the wonderful boy cozi Afferey is good winger but for me i also want walcott to stay at emirates

  14. lex

    July 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Arsenal needs d like affelay on d wing 2 assist walcot cos his got skills and fast,d defense also.

  15. JoeyMonday

    July 14, 2012 at 1:07 am

    What’s with all the Walcott hatred…
    Walcott & The OX on either wing is the future for Arsenal and England. Every other country in the world knows he’s a brilliant player. I think he only signin we might need would be a CB, only Vermaelen & Koscielny are good enough imo, N’Koulou the Cameroon CB wud be amazing, he’s only 21, think he plays for PSG or Lyon

  16. Stephen

    July 14, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Come on guys please not walcott he is a great player why should swoop for afellay maybe keep walcott and get affelay behind him but i agree with some barca dont give players to arsenal with out something anyway guys you maybe dont how poldi is good beleive me will be very happy god bless araenal

  17. Ahmelo

    July 14, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I hate wcot jst brng ibras

  18. Serge K

    July 14, 2012 at 5:30 am

    That would be fantastic addition to our Arsenal fc, that boy he’s very good option
    compare to walcott. I believed we coul send in on long loan to different club, Please Arsene don’t waist time to wait until others to come to graded the lad. He’s very skilful to watch him with the ball, let go n get him,

  19. David Adams

    July 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I think A.W shud add affelay 2 our squad 2 put competition on walcot

  20. Azeez

    July 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Yeaaaaaa is gonna b a massive move plsssssssssss!!!!!

  21. Abuchi

    July 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

    A.w if you let walcott go i will ,leave walcott to and sign afllay and sneider we have the money bring it out and sign player plz.i know Rvp will stay.

  22. chipoosky

    July 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

    please keep my wcot and get ibra to support him. get yann also to ease songe job.gunner for real. please make it fast.

  23. Pascal

    July 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Evrytym dae wnt 2 sign…..lastly dae dont sign.if nt 4 d lv i hv 4 arsenal i wld hv disimbak….mvila,affelley,1 day its goin 2 b me dae wnt 2 sign….gunaz 4 life

  24. AndyBest

    July 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    guys blive me. All dis are jst speculation. Dnt mind Asene, he wants to give d fans high blood preasure

  25. GUNNA4LIFE

    July 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    You all talk trash! Walcott is a decent player just inconsistent. Played well for England in the euros and had a great spell at Arsenal last year. We Don’t need this guy. I also say Ramsey out!

  26. Edet

    July 17, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Yes, dis is de right time 2 get de piaymaker. If we can get dis playmaker, i think de UCL wil be in hands in 2013

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