Ibrahim Afellay having medical with Stoke City

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Ibrahim Afellay is having a medical at Stoke City today, according to Sky Sports sources.

The Dutchman, 29, is a free agent after leaving Barcelona this summer following four-and-a-half years with the La Liga champions.

His spell with Barcelona was largely disappointing. He joined in the winter of 2011 for €3 million from PSV and made 28 appearances in his first season, mostly as a substitute as the Catalan giants won a La Liga and Champions League double.


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His second season was plagued by injury. A hamstring injury in pre-season meant he missed the start of the season and after only two appearances he then suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and was out for seven months whilst he recovered.


Afellay then joined Schalke on loan the following season after Barca boss Tito Vilanova announced he wasn't in his plans.

He made fifteen appearances for the Bundesliga side but once again injury disrupted his season. He returned to Barcelona for surgery and then was sent on loan to Greek side Olympiakos for the duration of last season.

Barcelona released him over the summer following his contract expiring. 

The former PSV captain has fifty international caps for Holland, scoring six goals and was part of Bert van Marwijk's squad who came runners up to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final although he didn't play in the final itself.

Afellay will become Mark Hughes' fifth summer signing if he joins the Potters and will link up with former Barcelona teammate Bojan, who has just returned to the side following a long-term knee injury.

Stoke travel to Germany this weekend to play Cologne and Porto in the Colonia Cup.

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