Barcelona's Afellay close to signing with Schalke

updated at 13h51
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Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that Barcelona’s winger Ibrahim Afellay is one step away from becoming a new Schalke player. The Dutch midfielder has chosen the German club's offer and the final step is that both teams agree in the transfer amount which will be around 6 million euros.

 Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

One of the reasons Afellay has chosen Schalke's offer is that he will be able play in the Champions League, and the fact that fellow country man Huub Stevens is Schalke’s manager, also played a good part on the decision of the 26-year-old.

Afellay’s agent, Rob Jansen, declared in a Dutch TV program  that "we will discuss the type of transfer, which can be either a loan or a permanent move."

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