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Having tracked midfielder Ibrahim Afellay over the course of the last two years, Barcelona are said to be making significant progress towards the signature of the 24-year-old as they have apparently opened negotiations with PSV over a possible winter move.

The Dutch international is out of contract in the summer, so the Eredivisie club are not in a strong position to bargain over the attacking player and could opt to settle for a fee as low as €3 million (£2.5m), which would mean Afellay switching to Spain in January as opposed to moving for nothing in June.

The player has been linked with a possible move to the Premier League, and arch-rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are thought to be tracking him.

However, Voetbal International states that the Boeren have announced at a press conference that negotiations between PSV and Barca are open, although there is “no guarantee they will come to a deal”.

Indications from Spain are that the deal will be concluded this winter, with AS reporting that interest from the Catalans in the dynamic midfielder is high.

Only two days ago, PSV rejected claims that they were negotiating with Barcelona, but the present state of play suggests that an accord is increasingly likely to be reached.

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