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Barcelona would be mad to sell Man United target Iniesta

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Reports emerged earlier this week that Manchester United were preparing a January move for Barcelona star Andres Iniesta.

The 29-year-old would be the perfect person to fix Manchester United's midfield problems - but surely Barcelona would rebuff any interest in the Spain international.

Much of Barcelona's recent success has been due to the midfield axis of Iniesta alongside Xavi.

His deep-lying creative influence - alongside Xavi - allows Barcelona to play their possession-based game and also means the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar get the very best service.

Take Iniesta out of their team and Xavi, who is no longer capable of playing three games a week, and Barcelona lose two of their most important players.

Barcelona would still have the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets in their ranks, but Iniesta is in a league of his own.

Just look at what Iniesta has won in the last nine years. Six La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues, two European Championships and a World Cup.

Surely a player of his calibre is worth the €7million a season he wants to extend his stay at the Camp Nou past 2015.

If Barcelona were to cash in on Iniesta, then they would not only be ripping a major part of their mechanics out of their system - but they would also be majorly strengthening one of their Champions League rivals.

The midfield schemer could be the player that Manchester United have needed since the recently retired Paul Scholes hit the wrong side of 35.

Iniesta may want a challenge away from his homeland - like his club teammate Victor Valdes does - but surely Gerardo Martino should pull out all the stops to convince the central midfielder into ending his career in Barcelona, rather than in Manchester.

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