Afellay open to offers

The 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact at the Spanish club since his switch from PSV Eindhoven in January 2011 because of injuries.

The winger missed most of last season with a serious cruciate ligament injury but has since returned to full fitness and joined up with the Dutch squad for their disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.

And, despite featuring in a number of pre-season friendly matches under new boss Tito Vilanova, Afellay could again find himself marginalised now the club’s Spanish Euro 2012 players have returned from their holidays.

“Afellay could go out on loan for a year,” his representative Rob Jansen told Italian reporters over the weekend. “Yes, that is a possibility.”

The comments are likely to spark a frantic race across Europe for his signature with Serie A clubs Inter Milan, Lazio, AC Milan and Fiorentina, as well as Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and French club Lille all reportedly interested in the talented winger.

Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Afellay in the past.

Very unlikely

However, Jansen later suggested that it is unlikely that Afellay will be leaving Barcelona, despite the wealth of interest.

“I won’t take such messages too seriously,” Jansen told Voetbal International.

“Of course, there are a lot of clubs interested, but that has always been the chase. Ibrahim had not yet signed for Barca and other clubs were already on the phone.

“A move away from FC Barcelona is not currently an issue. Ibrahim feels good and plays for Barca.

“There is no reason to leave. Is a departure entirely excluded? It’s football, but it is very unlikely.”