DONE DEAL | Iniesta To Chinese Super League
Barcelona midfielder Iniesta is expected to confirm his departure from the Camp Nou after this weekend’s Copa del Rey final.
Last week was not the best in Andrés Iniesta’s career: after a poor show by him and his team-mates, Barcelona suffered a disastrous exit from the Champions League in Rome. He was, unsurprisingly, clearly affected by the ignominious defeat (but was nevertheless one of the few players to face the media post-match).
A graduate of Barça’s youth academy, Iniesta was determined to win the Champions League and finish his Blaugrana career in style – for as the Catalans were being dumped out of Europe, Iniesta’s representatives had been busy sealing his end-of-season transfer to the China. The club‘s bosses are aware of the midfielder’s plans, as are his first-team colleagues, with the 33-year-old set to wait until after the Copa del Rey final – which sees the holders face Sevilla on Saturday – to announce his departure.
With Iniesta’s camp citing confidentiality clauses, it stays unknown which team are to take the Spain international to the Chinese Super League. As many as four clubs submitted significant financial offers for the World Cup winner, who is expected to sign a three-year contract. The change is believed to include an agreement for his management team to organise a series of youngsters‘s football camps, furthering both his and his new employers’ global presence.
As a part of the package deal put together to lure Iniesta to the Asian nation, it also understood that his club-to-be are to acquire the Chinese distribution rights to his brand of wines, Bodega Iniesta.