Liverpool linked with Dutch international raid

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is being linked with a move for Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay.

The PSV star has been linked with a handful of clubs in previous seasons, but now Liverpool appear to be preparing a summer bid for the 24-year-old.

Arsenal and Manchester United are two clubs who have previously shown an interest in Afellay, although neither club followed up their interest with a move.

Already on his way to legendary status at the Phillips Stadium, Afellay played an instrumental role in all four of PSV's titles between 2004 and 2008.

Last season was filled with disappointment for the Boeren though, as PSV fell to fourth in the Eredivisie after such domination in the domestic championship.

That failure led to increased speculation about the future of Afellay, and fresh reports in the Dutch media suggest that Rafael Benitez is contemplating a summer bid.

His £12million price tag could be an issue for the Reds, who were put up for sale by owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks earlier today (Friday).

A potential deal could hinge on player sales at Anfield, with both Albert Riera and Yossi Benayoun possible players singled out for an exit from the club if press reports are to be believed.

Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel, international compatriots of Afellay, could also play a major role in any potential deal bringing the 20 cap international to Merseyside.

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