Zenit St. Petersburg Coach Luciano Spalletti has confirmed his interest in Barcelona's Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay.
“My transfer targets? Afellay is definitely on the list, but we have only enquired about availability and not made a bid,” commented the Italian tactician on the Russians’ official website.
“If Barcelona or the player himself do not want to negotiate our interest will end.”
Aged 26, Afellay only moved to the Catalan giants from PSV Eindhoven in 2011, but has been plagued by injuries and was reportedly close to joining Liverpool on loan in July.
Last month, Barca boss Tito Vilanova insisted the Dutch international would be at the club for the duration of the new campaign, but whispers from Russia are suggesting they would not rule out loaning him to the right team to gain experience.