Dutch Playmaker Back On Arsenal And Liverpool’s Shortlists

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Dutch Playmaker Back On Arsenal And Liverpool’s Shortlists

Ibrahim Afellay is widely expected to move to the Premier League after Schalke’ sporting director confirmed they are not going to extend his season long loan from Barcelona.

The Dutch international has scored only 4 goals for Schalke since he joined the German club on a season long loan from Barcelona in August. And Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt has confirmed that the club are not looking to make Afellay’s deal permanent.

The 26-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements by Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova and was thus subsequently moved off the wage bill in the beginning of the season. And it is expected that Vilanova’s stance hasn’t changed regarding the player, and that the Spanish club will be open to listen to offers for the winger in the summer.

This has alerted Liverpool and Arsenal who were both interested in signing the Dutchman prior to his loan deal and are expected to bid for his services in the summer.

Liverpool have had problems in scoring goals this season with only Suarez carrying the goal scoring burden and only a handful of goals coming from the wide players. With the recent acquisition of Sturridge and Coutinho, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers wants to play Sturridge and Suarez upfront, with Coutinho and Afellay on the wings.

Arsenal’s play is similar to that of Barcelona and Gunners manager Wenger knows that Afellay would fit right into his system and be a useful acquisition. Gunners have announced a profit of £123 million recently and are expected to spend big this summer.

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