By ESPNSTAR.com staff
With the new campaign fast approaching, Barcelona officials are keen to strengthen their squad and wrest the La Liga title back from rivals Real Madrid. After signing Jordi Alba, the club are now focused on obtaining Javi Martinez, but they must sell off some of their players in order to meet the steep price tag slapped on the Spaniard by Athletic Bilbao.
Although Barcelona were unwilling to part with Afellay at the end of last season, sources in Spain indicate that club management have changed their mind. The Catalan side have announced the availability of Afellay and Brazilian full-back Adriano, in hopes of raising the funds required to buy Martinez. .
French newspaper Mercato 365 reported at the start of the month that the club accepted a transfer bid from Lille for the Dutchman, but the deal failed to materialize because of Afellay's unwillingness to leave Camp Nou.
Premier League sides Arsenal and Tottenham are both long-time admirers of Afellay and remain keen on bringing him on board. A bid of approximately six million Euros is believed to be sufficient for either team to sign the former PSV Eindhoven player from Barcelona.