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Manchester City targeting Barcelona legend to replace Arsenal-bound Mikel Arteta

The Blaugrana skipper is set to depart Camp Nou in the summer, and reports say he’s in talks with the Premier League side to take over the managerial role

Even while the rumor mill is rife with speculations of Barcelona ace Andres Iniesta moving to Japan, China or Australia, the fans have been thrown a curve ball now. The player, in stark turn of events, might end up opting a managerial role instead, as it is believed that Manchester City are in talks with him for the same.

Manager Pep Guardiola’s assistant Mikel Arteta looks set to succeed the outgoing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and the Skyblues have tried to reach out to the Catalan legend to replace him.

Iniesta and Guardiola know each other very well from the latter’s coaching years with the Azulgrana, as the duo enjoyed tremendous success between 2008 and 2012. They continue to share a great rapport and a chance to work under his former manager would be tempting for the player.

The 34-year old announced earlier this month that he would be departing the Camp Nou after 16 glorious years. However, his next move continues to be a subject of hot debate. At first, Chinese side Chonqking Lifang appeared to have secured his services, before the CEO of the club cleared the air and said he is going to Japan instead. Interspersed in between were interests from the Australian league too.

Some of the tabloids like Yahoo Sports have now revealed that the Premier League champions have got in cahoots with the player and the midfielder is also keen on taking it up. Iniesta is yet to confirm on this, but swift developments can be expected in the coming weeks as club seasons across Europe are ending this weekend.

Author’s Take

That would be a major U-turn, but Iniesta would get a chance to hone his skills under one of the best managers in the circuit. At 34, he still has a few years of football left in him though, and wouldn’t be surprising if he indeed turns this offer down in favour of a playing somewhere.

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