Barcelona midfielder link doesn't add up for Spurs

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

What would Spurs want with Ibrahim Afellay?

The Mirror came out with a rumor on Sunday that sounds like it came out of a random transfer rumor generator. [Player] who isn't getting any playing time at [gigantic club] is linked to [much smaller club that is respectable enough that said player would consider going there]. A lot of the time, those links are plausible. Tottenham Hotspur signing Ibrahim Afellay is not.

Here's The Mirror's story, which also features a tidbit about PSV wanting Lewis Holtby that's cut from the same cloth. Afellay has been perpetually injured since joining Barcelona and went on loan to Schalke last season. He looked good when he played, but suffered two separate muscle injuries, the latter of which ended his season. He hasn't played for Barca this year either, and Sunday's game against Malaga was the first that he made the bench for Barcelona in since Pep Guardiola was manager.

Afellay may or may not be good enough for Spurs, but it's tough to imagine them paying a fee to take a punt on a 27-year-old that's always hurt. Especially one that operates on the wings or as an attacking midfielder, spots where we already have a giant glut of players who are good enough, but few that stand out.

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