Australian football chiefs plan to contact the agent of Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta to sound him out about a move to the A-League, reports said Wednesday, as the domestic competition looks to recruit a marquee star.
The 33-year-old also said he is trying to enjoy his last couple of games at his boyhood club and feels there is still a unique milestone for Barca to achieve before he leaves.
Regarding his own Barcelona future, the midfielder said: I've nearly come to the end of my commitments with Barcelona and it's true that I have various offers to think about and in the next week, 10 days, I'll try and decide which one is the best for me. As it stands, he is an Atlético player and anything I say about him isn't going to change that.
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"You'll know when I say it, I have a week-and-a-half left to enjoy and when the season ends my mind will be on the national team and my future".
Yet hours after J-League club Vissel Kobe appeared to back away from reports of an offer worth 25 million euros a season, Gallop revealed FFA means business and said there were clubs willing to top up any potential offer.
Unlike Gallop, Vissel Kobe's head of player development Atsuhiro Miura moved to quash speculation linking his club to Iniesta. There are things to seal, little details and I will try and choose the best option.
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"I am surprised at the amount of money reported", Miura said, according to the Japan Times.
"I'm amazed, I haven't heard anything about that", Miura was quoted as saying.
Many still believe Iniesta has more to give Barcelona, but he ensures his desire to leave is not financial.
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