May 8, 2018
LONDON - Barcelona stalwart Andres Iniesta has agreed to join Japanese J-League first-division club Vissel Kobe, according to Spanish media.
The 33-year-old midfielder tearfully announced last month that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season after 22 years with the Spanish powerhouse.
Iniesta was expected to move to Chongqing Lifan but the Chinese Super League side's president Jiang Lizhang has denied Iniesta's arrival is imminent.
Reports out of Spain say that Kobe, where ex-Arsenal and Bayern Munich forward Lukas Podolski is currently playing, are prepared to offer Iniesta a three-year deal worth 25 million euros annually.
Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Barcelona's jersey sponsor Rakuten, the company which operates Vissel, is said to be involved in negotiations between the two parties.
(Andres Iniesta could be on his way to Japan, according to Spanish media.)
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