Former Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has reportedly agreed a deal ‘in principle’ to join Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets at Inter Miami.
According to Offsider, the veteran midfielder is close to becoming the latest ex-Blaugrana star to move to the DRV PNK Stadium.
Iniesta is currently out of contract after failing to extend his five-year association with Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe.
The 39-year-old failed to inspire Kobe to their first-ever J1 League title during his time in Japan, but he was still the division’s standout player.
The 2010 World Cup winner with Spain is reluctant to hang up his boots and could find a safe shelter in Miami.
They are ready to grant Iniesta’s wish as they continue to rack up former Barcelona megastars amid the team’s faltering bid to secure a play-off berth in Major League Soccer.
Gerardo Martino’s recent appointment as the new manager has failed to reignite their underwhelming league campaign as they remain nailed to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
However, Messi’s upcoming debut against Cruz Azul has brought enthusiasm back to Miami fans.
Jordi Alba is close to boosting the former Barcelona contingent in Florida after ending his trophy-laden stint at Camp Nou in June.
Luis Suarez is another name on the list, with Inter inching closer to finding an agreement with the ageing striker and his current club Gremio.
Iniesta’s arrival would be the icing on the cake, complementing the formidable group of players that catapulted Barcelona to unimaginable heights back in the day.
The Spaniard’s farewell game for Kobe took place last month as he showcased his mercurial talents against non-other than Barcelona, suggesting he could still have something to offer in MLS.
But Miami would probably have to remove Leonardo Campana from the team first to make room for Iniesta, as they already have three designated players on their payroll.
The league’s rules allow each franchise to have a maximum of three designated players, meaning they could either sell the Ecuadorian or offer Iniesta a less impressive contract.