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Barcelona Transfer News: Blaugrana Wise to Part Ways with Ibrahim Afellay

KHARKOV, UKRAINE - JUNE 13:  Ibrahim Afellay of Netherlands  in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Netherlands and Germany at Metalist Stadium on June 13, 2012 in Kharkov, Ukraine.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2012

Barcelona and attacking midfielder Ibrahim Afellay are on the verge of a summer breakup.

According to Vittorio Campaile of Goal.com (via Yahoo!), the club has informed the player's agent, Rob Jansen, that his services would no longer be needed at Camp Nou.

It’s been a brief tenure in La Liga for Afellay, who joined the side in 2011 after starring with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven since 2003. He had 20 caps with Barca and netted one goal during his time with the Catalans.

The new Blaugrana manager, Tito Vilanova, does not have any plans for the Netherlands international, and his injury-plagued 2011 campaign allowed players like Isaac Cuenca and Christian Tello to shine, making Afellay expendable.

His sale would give Vilanova some extra funds to acquire a more necessary addition to the roster, such a defensive mid.

While Barca has apparently not expressed a desire to meet with Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez, adding a few million euros via transferring Afellay might change their tune.

Before this can happen, the Blaugrana must first find a taker for the 26-year-old star attacking midfielder.

Campanile’s report found that Arsenal and Inter have expressed interest in acquiring his services.

The Gunners had previously attempted to ink Afellay to a deal last summer, but were beaten out by the La Liga powerhouse. Inter is apparently attempting to upgrade their attack and feel that the Dutch star would allow them to do just that.

It’s obviously time for Barcelona and Afellay to part ways, and the move would clearly be mutually beneficial. 

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