Liverpool are reportedly tracking Barca starlet Ibrahim Afellay - after it emerged the Dutch ace is set for crunch talks over his future.

According to talkSPORT, Afellay is ready for talks with the Barca hierarchy after failing to break into the Catalan's team last season. The Dutchman, who struggled to make an impact in Holland's disastrous Euro 2012 campaign, made the switch to the Nou Camp from PSV Eindhoven in 2011.

But after failing to nail down a first-team place, Afellay is thought to be considering his future at the Spanish giants, with a host of top-flight European clubs, including Liverpool, waiting in the wings should discussions break down.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the Barca star, and Ligue 1 side Lille are monitoring the young winger's progress. The French side are set to lose former-England international Joe Cole, who returns to Liverpool after a season-long loan in France, and are thought to view Afellay as a ready-made replacement.

But Liverpool and Spurs, who are also battling over the signature of Gylfi Sigurdsson, are believed to be in pole position should the showdown talks end badly.

Afellay has been hit by injuries since joining the Catalan side, and has made just 20 La Liga appearances. But the 26-year-old remains a talented player, and was highly-coveted by Europe's top clubs when a move away from PSV became inevitable in 2011.

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