Transfer bin: Iniesta considering Barca exit, Arsenal to step in

Andres Iniesta Spain

Following their draw with Atletico that gifted the La Liga crown to the capital club, Iniesta made some interesting comments on life at the club.

The Express has linked the man that won Spain the 2010 World Cup and Barcelona talisman Andres Iniesta to a Premier League switch, mentioning Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United as interested parties following a trophy-less season at the La Liga giants.

Having lost in the Copa del Ray final to Real Madrid, and exiting the Champions League at the quarter final stage, Saturday's game with Atletico Madrid represented the side's sole remaining shot at silverware for the 2013-14 season. Win at the Nou Camp, and they would retain their title, anything else and their opponents would be crowned champions.

Despite taking the lead through a superb Alexis Sanchez strike, Atletico fought back without injured stars Diego Costa and Arda Turan, equalising through Diego Godin and winning the title for the first time since 1996.

"We were relying on winning this game," a disappointed Iniesta said.

"We haven't and that makes this season disappointing, because if we had won, everything would be different.

"The season is over, lots of things are over."

It's inevitable that a winner as seasoned as Iniesta will be so downcast after failing to get the win Barcelona needed in what was essentially a La Liga play off against Atletico.

Seeing as though he was captain for the game, the 30-year-old will feel extra responsibility for the way things turned out. 

The "lots of things" he sees as being over isn't difficult to understand - manager Gerardo Martino announced immediately after the game that he would be leaving his position, while club captain Carlos Puyol has announced his retirement from the side.

But surely it is a stretch to imagine the World Cup winner feels his own time at the club is at an end?

Inevitably, were he to pursue a move away from Barcelona, every ambitious club on the planet would be interested in snapping him up, and given the style of football the Gunners play, it wouldn't be a surprise if they would enter the running. Similarly, Manchester City, who are able to pay any transfer and wage necessary, would also be keen. Even Manchester United would fancy their chances of signing Iniesta up, given probable new manager Louis van Gaal's time working with him.

Rubbish Rating: Iniesta only signed a new contract in December, committing to the club until 2018 when he will be 34-years-old. Surely the Catalan side wouldn't allow both Puyol and Iniesta to leave in the same summer? You wouldn't find many Arsenal or Man City fans that would turn the playmaker down, but a transfer looks highly unlikely.

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