Gunners suffer blow in transfer battle

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Rumours suggest that both European giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have are now hoping to sign the young Dutch play maker.

The 24-year-old has been rumoured to be a potential target for Arsenal in January as they look to reignite their Premier League campaign.

However, it is starting to look less likely that Ibrahim Afellay will move to the Gunners despite Arsene Wenger's best efforts, including a £7.5m bid to bring the player to the Emirates last summer, as Barcelona look to be his favourite.

The PSV star has spoken to the press on this issue stating:

"I know nothing. I only know what I read in the newspapers online, but I still don't know what my future holds because there are many options. But I think there have been contacts between Barcelona and PSV," Afellay told Spanish publication Sport."

He went on to praise the Catalan giants describing them as "a fantastic club, a club that everybody knows, a team that plays very attractive football and that is the greatest out there. But I insist that I know nothing yet about my future. All I can do is continue training as usual and playing the best I know with my team, which is still PSV."

This will be tough news for Arsenal, who at the start of the week they were described by the Mail as in pole position to sign Afellay either in January or as a free transfer in the summer when his contract is due to run out.

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