Vissel executive denies deal done for Barcelona's Andres Iniesta

Vissel executive denies deal done for Barcelona's Andres Iniesta”

It is just 10 days since the 33-year-old announced he would leave Barcelona at the end of the current campaign and although he didn't give a destination, commentators worldwide took it for granted that the Spain global would move to the Chinese Super League with Chonquing Dangdai Lifan the likely destination, reported Xinhua news agency.

J-League side Vissel Kobe's head of player development Atsuhiro Miura, however, has denied that Iniesta had agreed to join the Japanese team owned by Barcelona's sponsor Rakuten, leaving room for Australian clubs to make a move.

Reports indicated the Japanese team Kobe had emerged as the most likely destination for the Spain global, regarded as one of European football's modern greats.

Miura confessed to accompanying club president Hiroshi Mikitani to the Camp Nou on Sunday as the pair watched Barca's El Clasico match with Real Madrid, but he insists talks with Iniesta before or after the match "had not taken place".

Miura said reports originating in Spanish media that the 33-year-old, considered one of the best midfielders of all time, was bound for Vissel on a deal worth 25 million euros per year were inaccurate. "To be honest, that amount of money doesn't seem realistic to me".

Whether an A-League club could afford Iniesta is questionable and Gallop confirmed FFA, which reportedly has three million Australian dollars to use on marquee players, would only contribute to a portion of the star's wages. "But it's not realistic".

As the end of season draws near, speculation on Iniesta's future has intensified in recent weeks with the 33-year-old being linked to a number of clubs across the Asian continent.

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