Spalletti confirms Zenit interest in Afellay

The Italian coach has announced that he is hoping to bring the Dutch winger to the Russian Premier League as he looks to deliver a third successive domestic title
Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti has confirmed that he is interested in a move for Barcelona winger  Ibrahim Afellay.

The Netherlands international has struggled with injuries and form since moving to Camp Nou from PSV in January 2011.

The 26-year-old emerged as a transfer target for the likes of Arsenal and Inter earlier this summer, but Spalletti is still hoping to bring Afellay to Russia.

"My transfer targets? Afellay is definitely on the list, but we have only enquired about availability and not made a bid," Spalletti explained when speaking to Zenit's official website.

"If Barcelona or the player himself do not want to negotiate our interest will end."

After an unbeaten start to the Russian Premier League season, Spalletti will be aiming to strengthen his squad with the signing of Afellay, as he looks to lead the Russian giants to their third successive league crown.