Manchester United and City could be boosted by the news that Andres Iniesta is only content to sign a new deal with Barcelona if they offer him a massive wage increase.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, negotiations between the Spanish playmaker and the European giants have stalled because of the two parties being at odds over the measure of financial improvement sought after in his new contract.
It is believed that Iniesta is seeking a wage comparable to that of Neymar and Lionel Messi, but Barcelona chiefs are unwilling to consent, despite previously suggesting that they would make him one of the highest paid players in Europe to convince him to stay.
Speculation has been rife that Paris Saint-German are maintaining a serious interest so long as Iniesta's future remains uncertain, and the likes of United and City will undoubtedly look to muscle their way in if given half the chance.
Iniesta himself has reiterated time and again that it is his wish to finish his career at the Nou Camp, but is obviously also hesitant to pledge his future to the club unless they give him what he wants.
Of course Barcelona also have other problems when it comes to new contracts. Rumours are spreading quickly that four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi is going to be targeted by a number of sides for €250million this summer, and he wants any new deal offered by the Catalans to put him on par with Cristiano Ronaldo.