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Andres Iniesta set to snub Chinese Super League to link up with Lukas Podolski

Andres Iniesta will reportedly earn around £22million-a-year with Japanese side Vissel Kobe, where he'll link up with Lukas Podolski

Andres Iniesta is set to sign for Japanese club Vissel Kobe at the end of the season, according to reports.

The Barcelona veteran is expected to snub interest from China to pen a three-year deal in the J1 League.

According to Cadena SER, the deal has been personally conducted by CEO of Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani.


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It is understood that he will earn around £22million per year during his time with Takayuki Yoshida’s side.

The club have also considered Iniesta’s desire to expand his wine company Bodega Iniesta.

He started his business in 2010, and sells wines from the tiny region of Fuentealbilla, which is where the midfielder was born.

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It suggests that part of the plan is to create a farmhouse where technicians will work on the business and Iniesta will be the standard-bearer.

Chongqing Dangdai Lifan were earmarked as early favourites to secure the Spanish star this summer.

But the Chinese Super League side reportedly released a statement to confirm that they will not be signing him.

Despite previously hinting that it was a done deal, the club have now said they will establish commercial links with him, but he will not join them.

Iniesta won’t be the only familiar face out in Japan.

A move to Vissel will see Iniesta link up with former Arsenal and Germany forward Lukas Podolski.

We bet J-League defenders can’t wait to face the combination of Iniesta’s majesty and Podolski’s thunderous left foot.