Barcelona Transfer Rumors: Selling Dutch Forward Ibrahim Afellay Is Right Move

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17:  Ibrahim Afellay of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. FC Barcelona won 8-0.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Selling Dutch forward Ibrahim Afellay is the right move for Barcelona, since the 26-year-old probably won't play an important role in the squad next season.

Ibrahim Afellay has been offered by Barcelona to clubs. Who do you think will be interested in the Dutchman? Story to follow.

— Goal UK (@GoalUK) July 13, 2012

The Catalan club has young Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez capable of playing on the right side of the pitch, and Spanish winger Pedro is capable of having success on the left side of the pitch.

There could be some playing time available at striker this season depending on what happens with David Villa, but it's hard to imagine Afellay being the first-choice striker this year.

There really isn't a place on the pitch for Afellay, so the best move is to sell him.

It's unfortunate for Barcelona, because the Dutchman has a significant amount of talent. His pace on the flanks is exceptional, and he's capable of taking on defenders with his impressive dribbling skills.

When he has space, Afellay can send dangerous crosses towards goal—just like he did in the 2011 Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid, when set up the first goal of the first leg for Lionel Messi.

Afellay is already 26. He deserves to be on a team that will offer him a regular starting spot and a chance to continue developing his talents. Barcelona would be wise to sell him to another club and fill his spot on the squad with a younger player.