Barcelona Confirm Ibrahim Afellay Deal with PSV Eindhoven

Paul ReeceContributor IINovember 15, 2010

Afellay joins great list of Dutch men at Barcelona
Afellay joins great list of Dutch men at BarcelonaValerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Spanish giants Barcelona have ended recent speculation and confirmed that the club has agreed on terms with PSV for midfielder Ibrahim Afellay.

The Dutch midfielder is out of contract in the summer and will joining the Catalan giants in the January transfer window.

A statement on the Spanish Champions site read:

"PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona have reached an agreement on a deal to bring Ibrahim Afellay to Barca, subject to successfully settling personal terms between the player and the Catalan club over the coming weeks.

"Until the deal is finally settled, Ibrahim Afellay wishes to concentrate on the upcoming important games for PSV."

A member of Holland's World Cup squad, which reached the final in South Africa, Afellay only managed two appearances from the bench.

The Dutchman leaves PSV after spending his entire career with the club and will follow in the footsteps of a number of great Dutchmen to link up at the Nou Camp; Johann Cruyff, Patrick Kluivert, Michael Reiziger, Marc Overmars, Mark Van Bommell, Phillip Cocu, Frank De Boer and Giovanni van Bronckhorst are just a handful of the Dutch names to appear at the Nou Camp.

The attacking midfielder has netted 34 goals for the Dutch side and will fit right into Pep Guardiola's side, being quick, skillful, silky on the ball and good on set pieces. 

The only question for Catalan fans is where Afellay will fit into the Nou Camp side, with Lionel Messi, Bojan Krkic, David Villa, Xavi and Iniesta and Javier Mascherano all commanding first-team spots.