Liverpool and Arsenal track Barcelona duo

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Liverpool and Arsenal are battling it out to sign Barcelona's out of favour duo Bojan and Ibrahim Afellay.

According to talkSPORT, new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is ready to overhaul his squad this summer, and Bojan and Afellay could be among those shown the door. Neither has managed to make an impact on the first-team squad in recent years, and both have been allowed to leave on loan.

Afellay, who has struggled with injuries, spent the 2012-13 season on loan in Germany with Schalke while Bojan has spent time with Roma and Ajax. Arsenal and Liverpool have been long-term admirers of both attackers.

Barcelona transition

It looks set to be a summer of transition, with Enrique ready to make big moves in the transfer market. Carles Puyol has retired, while Xavi could leave and Victor Valdes has already confirmed his departure.

Cesc Fabregas has signed for Chelsea. Cristian Tello has been linked with a move away too, and it would not be a surprise to see Afellay and Bojan leave as well.

Bojan and Afellay at Barcelona

The former Spanish under-21 forward once broke Lionel Messi's Barcelona youth goalscoring records. And there was huge expectation placed on his shoulders after he broke into the first-team under Frank Rijkaard aged 17.

But he failed to push on, and a two-year stint at Roma was ended when Barcelona exercised their buy-back option. It's unclear what motivated that move, as they now look set to sell him for a second time.

Arsenal and Liverpool are both looking to strengthen ahead of next season, and Bojan would be a useful role player for squads stretched by Champions League commitments.

Likewise Afellay, a Dutch international, is not in Enrique's thoughts as he prepares Barcelona for next season. The 28-year-old impressed for PSV and Holland before earning his move to the Spanish giants but injuries have wrecked his progress.

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