Ibrahim Afellay, next season’s first signing?

Afellay could join Atlético next summer as a free agent

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According to the reliable Dutch magazine Voetbal International Ibrahim Afellay might move to Atlético next summer.

It is reported we have approached Rob Jansen, the player’s agent, to enquire about the midfielder’s situation.

Afellay will be out of contract in 2011 and will have a host of European clubs chasing him.

This summer PSV intended to sell their captain for a fee, which they will now most likely miss out on, but the club couldn’t agree terms with Hamburger SV, Genoa or Fiorentina.

It is rumoured the player himself wasn’t too keen on any of these moves either, as he aims to play for an elite club. It is unknown whether Atlético appeals to Afellay, but he did confirm earlier that he would love to play in Spain.

Afellay is a versatile midfielder that can play in any offensive position, but prefers to be employed as the playmaker, much like José Manuel Jurado.

The club captain debuted for PSV in 2004 and has 28 caps for the Dutch national team.

  • It would be such great news if it comes to be true.

  • Edletico

    Wow he is like a big improvement on Jurado. I have watched him play many times and he always stands out. Very versatile aswell could be signing of the season (IF TRUE)

  • Bring him in!

  • Ringo Schut

    At first I thought he was terribly overrated, but lately, with the big guys of Oranje, he showed to have finally taken some new steps.

    He is a terrific talent and he is my second choice for a future replacement of Simão. First choice of mine is Marko Marin, but he costs money 🙁 Arda Turan could be great as well.

    We could go for real wingers like Elia or something, but I think it’s better to have someone who’s also great as an attacking midfielder, since (on paper) we play 4-4-2, not 4-2-4 or 4-1-1-4, which it looks like lots of times.
    Simão, even though he isn’t always as great, also looks more LM-ish than LW-ish, which could be important position-wise.

  • 20Corona

    i guess we can forget about Afellay now. 🙁

  • Derek Maaijen

    Yeah it’s too bad, I’m sure he would’ve become a starter for us. But once Barça come knocking…