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Arsenal confident burning off competition for PSV ace Afellay

Arsenal are convinced of signing Ibrahim Afellay.

The Daily Mail says Arsenal are confident of tying up a deal for PSV Eindhoven midfielder Afellay despite Real Madrid's late interest.

The 24-year-old Dutch international will be a free transfer in the summer after revealing he had no intention of signing a new deal with PSV last week and is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January.

The attacking midfielder has stated his preference for the Barclays Premier League and Liverpool are said to have held preliminary talks.

Boss Roy Hodgson watched him in action last weekend while Manchester United and Everton have also shown interest.

However, Arsenal have been admirers for some time and after making a £7.5m offer last summer, believe they can get their man for free.

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