Ibrahim Afellay having medical with Stoke after leaving Barcelona

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Image: Netherlands international Ibrahim Afellay is a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired

Stoke are on the verge of signing former Barcelona winger and Netherlands international Ibrahim Afellay, who Sky sources understand is having a medical with the club.

The 29-year-old left the Nou Camp in the summer after four and a half years contracted to the Spanish giants.

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He struggled to hold down a place there and made just nine starts for the Catalans, spending last season on loan to Greek side Olympiakos following a previous temporary stay at Schalke.

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Afellay – who has 50 caps for the Netherlands – left Barcelona when his contract expired so the PSV Eindhoven youth product is a free agent.

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