Transfer Bin: Andres Iniesta to Manchester United in January

Manchester United have been linked again, quite preposterously, with a move for Andres Iniesta.

Welcome to a new feature on HITC Sport: The Transfer Bin.

It's a place for us to assess, and quite frankly rubbish, the very worst of the day's transfer rumours which are doing the rounds in print or online.

Step forward The Daily Mail (not for the first time)... with their ludicrous claim that Manchester United are going to try to sign Andres Iniesta in January.

They write: "David Moyes is weighing up a sensational New Year move for Andres Iniesta after being alerted to a growing rift between the Barcelona midfielder and his Nou Camp bosses.

"The Manchester United manager is carefully monitoring events at the La Liga leaders and could follow up his interest with a bid in the January window, if he feels there is a genuine chance of pulling off a transfer that would rank as one of the most audacious the Barclays Premier League has known."

In one sense, given United's comedy of errors which was the summer transfer window, wasting a month on a fruitless pursuit of Iniesta may not be a total surprise.

However if they feel they have a chance of getting the Barcelona midfielder they are completely misguided.

The rumours stem from ongoing contract talks between Iniesta and Barcelona, with the 29-year-old's current deal ending in June 2015. So far one has not been agreed.

Sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta said today he was positive of a resolution:

"Renewals? I'm optimistic for Iniesta, we are also working with Bartra and Pique."

Just like Manchester United's ongoing discussions with Michael Carrick, these negotiations take time and are often not solved instantly.

United fans should also take note of comments from Iniesta on his future which he made in September:

"My wish is to finish here, and it's the club's as well. There is no complication.

"This is the best place where I can be. I'm 29, I know that I still have a few years of good football in me, and I want to live them here.

"It's not about money, it's about the wishes that I have. It's not a Barça – Iniesta war."

That certainly does not sound like the pledge of a player who will be off in January. Would we put it past Ed Woodward trying to bring him to United, not really, but actually getting him, no chance.

Rubbish rating: Typical international-break rubbish!


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