Along with deadly accomplice Xavi, Andres Iniesta has been at the very heart of everything that has been so undeniably and breathtakingly wonderful about the respective teams of Barcelona and Spain in recent years.
With his superb vision, admirable technical qualities and sublime ability to persistently retain possession, the 29-year-old is arguably one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and of this millennium.
Having spent his entire senior career with the Catalan giants, Iniesta has become synonymous with Blaugrana and it is somewhat difficult and indeed perhaps even a touch troubling to imagine him donning the shirt of a rival club side.
However, if recent reports are to be believed, then this could actually become a significant possibility. While some believe that Iniesta is on the verge of agreeing to extend his stay at the Camp Nou, others claim that a number of Europe's other heavyweights are circling in an ambitious bid to prise him away from Spain.
If Iniesta is indeed destined to call time on his outstanding glittering career in La Liga, then it is my unwavering belief that Manchester United and struggling manager David Moyes should do all they can to convince him that his immediate future lies at Old Trafford.
While I concede that this may seem somewhat of an unlikely event given that Iniesta himself has publicly announced his intention to remain with his current employers, of the teams mentioned so far in relation to Iniesta's signature - aside from Barcelona themselves, of course - United would seem the likely destination.
It was evident to Premier League enthusiasts the world over during the summer that United positively craved a greater attacking influence in the centre of an otherwise ailing midfield and the club's dreadful beginning to 2013/14 domestic campaign has done nothing to alter this widely-held opinion.
Moyes, who joined the club from Everton following the retirement of the iconic figure of Sir Alex Ferguson at the climax of last season, clearly sought to address this notable void during the summer but was sadly unable to sign any of his primary targets - combative Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini aside.
Securing a player of Iniesta's ability would surely go along way to Moyes making amends with a number of those fans who have been deeply disturbed and disappointed by United's woeful beginning to the new campaign - even if that were to continue right throughout the season.
I hardly even need to outline the significant quality that Iniesta would bring to the club. With a wealth of experience at the very top level of both club and international football - including three Champions League crowns, two European Championship triumphs and a coveted World Cup winners medal - he would instantly command the respect of supporters and he would be United's best midfield player by quite some distance.
Just whether or not Iniesta intends to follow teammate Victor Valdes in leaving the reigning La Liga champions in order to pursue a fresh challenge is as of yet unclear and perhaps a little doubtful.
However, if this does eventually prove to be the case, then Moyes and United should do everything they possibly can to ensure that Old Trafford is his next destination.
With a player of his undoubted class among their ranks, the Red Devils would surely be able to banish any mocking talk of an imminent and lasting decline and swiftly re-assert their traditional status as one of Europe's most formidable forces.
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