The former PSV star is widely expected to leave Barcelona this summer and could well be on his way to Serie A, after spending the current season on loan at Schalke
By Elia Raimondo
Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay could well be on his way to either Inter or Lazio, Goal.com has learned.
The two clubs were interested in signing the 27-year-old last summer, but could not reach an agreement with Barca, who only wanted to let the Dutchman leave on loan, with the player eventually joining Schalke for the 2012-13 campaign.
Nevertheless, the Blaugrana are ready to let go of the midfielder on a permanent basis at the end of this season, with Afellay having fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou.
His current club have set a €6 million asking price for the versatile midfielder, and Inter and Lazio are monitoring his situation closely.
Afellay joined the Catalans from PSV in January 2011 and helped them to Champions League glory in his first six months at the club.
However, a torn knee ligament kept him out of action for the majority of his second season, while injuries have prevented him from making an impact in Gelsenkirchen, too.
The midfielder's current contract with Barcelona runs until the summer of 2015.