If you're a Barca fan look away now.
It's not often that we get to discuss the prospect of one of the Spanish champions' key players leaving the Nou Camp, so when the situation does arise it's something that can be discussed with intrigue.
Andres Iniesta is currently locked in a wrangle with Barcelona over a new contract, with negotiations having stalled a number of times. The playmaking maestro is reportedly seeking a large increase in his salary, but his club are unsure about how much they wish to offer him and so until now the two have been at loggerheads.
That, set against the back drop of rumoured interest from Manchester United and Manchester City makes for an incredibly enthralling prospect if you're a fan of either English giant.
It may go against the general consensus but, in my opinion, the World Cup winner should defy the predictions and seek a move to the Premier League. Here's five reasons why:
It's extremely controversial and leaves a horrible taste in the mouths of most fans but the majority of big players want to be earning as much as they can command. Barca have already indicated that although they're prepared to improve his wages to reflect his influence, they won't put him on par with Messi and do have limits to what they're willing to agree to.
At Manchester City he would likely be offered a prince's ransom to take to the field each week and similarly Moyes could be tempted to break the bank in terms of salary because he needs a player of the Spaniard's notoriety so much.
4: A fresh challenge
Let's face it, when it comes to accolades and trophies Iniesta has done all there is to do during his time with the Catalan giants. For ambitions sake he could possibly seek a move purely to give him something else to aim for. With Manchester United he would be tasked with being the key man in a squad that will be in transition from January onwards and even at City he could be a major influence in whether or not they win anything.
3: To play in the Premier League
The Premier League remains, for the time being at least, the best division in the world when it comes to competitiveness, excitement and overall skill. There's a reason a large amount of foreign imports flop in England, and it's not necessarily because they're bad footballers. Tying together two other prevalent points in this list, Iniesta could be held in even higher esteem on the world stage he was to prove himself in the Premier League.
2: To prove he doesn't need Xavi to be great
Put plainly, there's always going to be the lasting question; can Iniesta be as effective when he's not partnered by Xavi? The pint-sized Spaniard is undeniably world-class but to silence any doubters he must prove that he's just as good on his own as when his partner in crime isn't there. If he can do that then there's really no argument as to why he isn't one of the best ever.
At present Andres Iniesta will be remembered for a long time as a fantastic player. However if he were to transfer to a different league and have as much joy as he's had at Barcelona then he would truly cement his legacy as one of the best playmakers to have ever graced the game.
Probably more likely at United than at City, but Iniesta could become an icon in England with the years he has left to play with.
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