Paris St Germain are planning an audacious swoop for Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, according to reports in France.
The Spanish star, who is out of contract at the end of the 2014/15 season, was reportedly unhappy with the £200,000-a-week extension tabled by Barcelona, prompting speculation Manchester City - with former-Barca CEO Txiki Begiristain at the helm - and Manchester United, could be interested.
It's claimed he wants to be the second highest paid player at the club behind Lionel Messi, although Iniesta's father, Jose Antonio, has since stated that his son is happy at the Nou Camp and intends to sign a new deal.
That may have dashed Manchester United and Manchester City's hopes, but Paris St Germain have not been put off.
Le 10 Sport claims Laurent Blanc's side will monitor Iniesta's contract situation in Spain, and will be ready to make their move if given encouragement.
It's suggested Iniesta's relationship with the Barca hierarchy is not as good as it once was, and PSG feel he could be tempted by the prospect of a new challenge at the Parc des Princes.
In fact, should Barcelona and Iniesta fail to reach an agreement, the report claims the Spain international would be willing to talk with PSG.
The French club certainly have the financial capability to match whatever terms Iniesta wants - as do City and United. And, having spent in excess of £250m since 2011, Blanc certainly boasts a formidable squad capable of challenging for European honours.
They were interested in the City and United target earlier this summer, but reportedly held off on making a bid as Barca circled their club captain Thiago Silva.
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