£8.5m want-away winger alerted by Anfield interest

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Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay has struggled to break into the first-team since his €3m transfer from PSV Eindhoven in January, and has already been linked with a summer move away from the Nou Camp.

The 24-year-old Dutch international was the subject of much transfer speculation in the mid-season window, and was rumoured to be on his way to Liverpool before Barca stepped in and hijacked the bid.

But after starting just one match for the Catalan giants and generally only being used as a late substitute in La Liga, the rumours have already begun to surface with Anfield again touted as a potential destination reports the Metro.

Afellay was first linked with a Liverpool switch last summer as his Eindhoven contract began to run down, but the player instead opted for a move to Spain in January with a view to furthering his career.


The wing wizard is out-of-favour with Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola and Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is reportedly keen on making an improved offer to bring Afellay to Anfield.

According to the Daily Mail, reports in the Spanish press indicate that the Reds are preparing to table an £8.5million bid – an improvement on the money Barca paid for a player that is now zapped of form and the confidence that goes with it.

With that in mind, Guardiola may be tempted by a ‘generous’ offer from the Merseysiders, as Liverpool owners NESV look set to continue plunging money into the club in a bid to return the Anfield empire to its former glories.

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