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Could Arsenal and Liverpool take a £2.5 million punt on controversial Dutch international?

Ibrahim Afellay is apparently up for grabs at a very competitive price. Should this Premier League pair revitalise their interest?

Last summer saw Arsenal and Liverpool battle it out for two very highly rated international footballers with genuinely disappointing results all around.

First there was Nuri Sahin. The Real Madrid man agreed to sign for Arsenal and even posed in a Gunners shirt to mark the occasion but after the deal fell through over first-option fees he instead moved to Liverpool.

That deal clearly did not work out for him as he ended up praising god that he got to leave Brendan Rodgers in January who he blamed for the deal not working; despite his love for the club and Anfield.

He is now at Borussia Dortmund having a very good second half of 2012-13.

The other was Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay. After returning from Euro 2012 unfit and out of form Barcelona were not ready to keep him in for the season and quite publicly made him available for loan.

Arsenal and Liverpool were both strongly credited with an interest in the player but he instead decided to join his old team-mate Klaas Jan Huntelaar at Schalke 04.

That has not quite worked out either. His injury problems have been one thing but his behaviour has been another. The Gelsenkirchen side have made it clear that they have no intention of signing the 27-year-old.

Now the reports coming from Spain suggest Barcelona are ready to rid themselves of the playmaker once and for all; willing to simply break even on the original deal to move him on.

He signed from PSV Eindhoven for €3 million and that is all they want for him; which may strike many of you as a bargain.

Obviously he has plenty of talent otherwise what is he doing at Barcelona with almost 50 caps for his country?

But this season he has again shown that his injury record is too fragile while his temperament just as wayward.

But at the price being quoted, you know what, he might just be worth a sniff. It is hardly money that would break the bank and if you can keep him happy and fit there is a genuinely quality footballer underneath the bad press that follows him.

In my eyes Arsenal, Liverpool or any other Premier League team would be mad not to give it a go at an exchange rate of around £2.54 million for this difficult but potentially worthy talent.

Would you like to see your club give Afellay a try?

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