PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has dealt Liverpool a blow by rejecting the chance to move to the Premier League in favour of Barcelona.
The Dutch side have revealed they have agreed a deal with Barca that will see Afellay move to the Camp Nou in January – and the player has admitted it is his dream move.
Liverpool have been linked with the 24-year-old recently as they look for reinforcements in the January transfer window.
Afellay’s contract is due to run out at the end of the season and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson had been keen to bring him to Anfield but when Barca came in for him there was no doubt in his mind.
“Barcelona are fantastic, a great club and a great team. No player would say no to Barcelona,” he told El Mundo Deportivo.
“I've never been to the Nou Camp, neither as a fan or as a player and it's a dream for me to play there, I'm very eager to make my debut at the Nou Camp.
"I really enjoy watching Barca on TV. Everybody does because they play very attractive football and are very nice to watch.”
Although personal terms are still to be agreed, it seems certain Liverpool have missed out on Afellay’s signing and will now have to turn their attentions elsewhere.
Damian Comolli might turn his attentions to a striker and defensive midfielder as speculation mounts that Hodgson will make further checks on both Yann M’Vila and Rod Fanni during France’s friendly against England at Wembley.