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Newcastle Lead The Race To Sign Top Dutch Play-Maker

Newcastle United have been alerted to the availability of Barcelona play-maker Ibrahim Afellay, the 26 year-old Dutch International who is of Moroccan descent.

 Ibrahim Afellay – available for £6M from Barcelona

And it seems as if Barcelona are not asking the earth for this 5’11” tall player, with £6M said to be the asking price.

Afellay played eight seasons for Ajax before joining Barca back in January of 2011, but he sustained a horrific knee injury while at Barcelona, and missed much of last season, only appearing five times for the Spanish club.

In his first partial season at Barca, he played 16 times with one goal for the club that has been European Champions three times in the last seven seasons.

While at Ajax,  Afellay played 217 times with 38 goals and is an excellent player, who has represented his country 36 times with three goals, and he is currently with the Holland squad preparing for the Euro 2012 Championships to start next month.

Ibrahim is a fixture of the Dutch national team, and he made the Dutch squads for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament in Switzerland and Austria, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, when Holland were beaten 1-0 in extra time by Spain.

The play-maker however, has a history of injuries throughout his career, and Barcelona only paid £2.3M for him 18 months ago, so they would be making a profit on the player if they sell him for £6M.

It is also expected that Afellay will see some playing time for Holland in the upcoming European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, and he will be put in the shop window by the former European Champions.

Tottenham and Arsenal are other clubs said to be interested, and Arsenal can offer the player Champions League football  next season, and both Newcastle and Tottenham can offer him the Europa League.

Newcastle are reported to be leading the race for the player, and they can certainly afford the £6M for a player this good.

Metro is reporting that Newcastle have around £20M to spend in the transfer market this summer, although whether they could afford his wages, said to be close to £80K/week, is another good question.

It will say something of Newcastle’s ambitions if the Tyneside club are successful in bringing this very skillful player to Newcastle.

We certainly hope they can.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

291 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #281

    How could we get Debauchy on a Fabregas type deal.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 1, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #282

    Cut Price deal,

    Debuchy wants to leave as did fabregas. arsenal i think would have wanted more if did not wanted to leave.

    thats my view

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #283


  • Kev-G

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #284

    Cheers Indian, the brains still in start-up mode 🙂

    Barnetta on free wouldn’t be bad either. I live in Switzerland and went this season to the Leverkusen vs. Bayern game with the Barnetta fanclub bus. Was talking to Barnetta’s dad about the rumours of his son joining the toon. And he confirmed that the toon had enquiered about his availability this summer. He didin’t say he would def. be joining us, but did mention his son beîng very keen to play in the prem.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #286


    How do you know another manager. Older have done what Keegan did? Yes he did well hit are you telling me he was the best manager of his time? He wasn’t

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Jun 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #287


    i don’t have the time or energy or adequate respect for you to justify my calling you an idiot. See below, enough ppl have expressed similar opinions to mine in relation to your outrageous outbursts against KK.

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Jun 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #288

    As for the decrepid old Bills Son…Still obsessed with MA I see? I fail to see how you have been proven right in any way or form given that Ashley has achieved no more at this club than any previous owner other than ‘financial stability’ which is to his own benefit and not mine until we compete on a consistent basis.


    Jun 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #289


    Get your facts right before calling a Newcastle Legend an idiot.

    KK- Took a club on its knees to the top playing the best football ever seen throughout the country.

    KK- Was the catalyst behind turning a broken down stadium into on of the best in the world.

    KK- Was asked to manage again by MA after BSA had us heading downward and yet again got us playing decent football.


    1) When KK left the first time it was because SJH wanted his money back and floated the club on the stock market,KK was shown a contract by a southern based lawyer,told to sign now or leave,KK being a man of principle refused to sign and left.

    2)KK- 2nd time he left – Told to manage a team where he could not choose his own players to buy ie,Cisco,Gonzales-Proven correct in the court of law.

    For you to come out and try to backup your stupid assumptions and your obviously have a problem with a Newcastle Legend shows to me 1) You are too young to remember the Keegan years or 2) You have never saw a Keegan match in your life.

    Shame on you and other so called Newcastle fans who would dare to try and blacken the legacy of a true Legend.

    Shame on you.

  • Sazzer

    Jun 1, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #290

    @Indian Magpie
    Correct Cryptanalysis =)

  • Robinio

    Jun 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #291

    as I started the debate with that tosser who called KK a moron , I am pleased to see he got the verbal battering he desreved on here

    still dont get all the praise for the FCB and Lambchops , lets wait if you think the same when he dismantles the squad in the summer to line his own pockets

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