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18/06/2008 14:00,

Scouted: Ibrahim Afellay

Ibrahim Afellay is considered to be one of the brightest young prospects in Dutch football.

PSV Eindhoven's 22-year-old midfielder was an outstanding performer in their 2007/08 Eredivisie title success. He started his first match at Euro 2008 in the 2-0 win over Romania and impressed Talking Reds user ChorltonRed.

Scouting Report

Player name: Ibrahim Afellay
Position: Attacking midfielder
Match Scouted: Holland v Romania
Key Moment: Provided the cross from the right for Klaas Jan Huntelaar's 53rd minute goal, but the pass which Boulahrouz failed to capitalise on in the first half was fantastic.
Strengths: Very skilful and confident on the ball, has great balance and loves to take players on. He's a real creative influence at PSV.
Weaknesses: He doesn't seem to score very many goals. He only got two last season in 23 league appearances. But he has got an eye for goal and I think his contribution will improve.
Suitability: He's young and would add to United's threat going forward. Dutch players tend to settle well in England so it wouldn't be a problem for him. He's also been a regular in a championship-winning team.
Estimated Cost: Valencia and Arsenal are both interested apparently. He'd cost at least £10m, maybe as much as £15m depending on what he does in the rest of the tournament.

What do you think? Have your say on this Scouting Report or write your own at ManUtd.com/talkingreds (Transfer Speculation conference)

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