Andres Iniesta’s immediate priority is to pen a new deal with Barcelona at the Camp Nou, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague on Sky Sports.
However, Balague does note that the player's advisors are "aware of interest not only from Manchester United but from every other big club in Europe" should contract talks fail to progress smoothly.
It had been reported as recently as last week—per John Edwards in the Daily Mail—that United boss David Moyes was set to swoop for the Spanish wizard in the January transfer window after contract negotiations with his current employer stalled.
According to Balague, Iniesta’s delay in signing a new deal with Blaugrana is due to a number of reasons, including the signing of Neymar.
In his Sky Sports column, Balague said:
[Neymar’s arrival] has unbalanced Barcelona's wage structure. (Lionel) Messi will renew his contract soon and Iniesta will want to earn as much as him. But it is not solely a financial delay - Iniesta wants confirmation of his hierarchy at the club.
Barcelona have said they want Iniesta to be the number two in terms of wages at the club so that was obviously one thing to consider. Wages is as much about money as it is about importance at the club.
Although Iniesta and his representatives are aware of the interest from Old Trafford and elsewhere in Europe, the 29-year-old is not listening to offers from anyone, according to Balague.
Alongside midfield partner Xavi Hernandez, Iniesta has played an integral role in Barcelona’s domination of European football in recent years.
Iniesta, who came through the youth academy at Camp Nou, made his debut for Barcelona in 2002. Since then, he has helped the Catalan side to six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns.
The unassuming playmaker makes those around him better. He will turn 30 next year, but his talents with the ball at his feet are precisely what the United midfield could benefit from.
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The Premier League side are down to the bare bones in the centre of the park after Michael Carrick was ruled out until the end of the year with injury.
It now appears the English champions will have to look elsewhere for a creative force in midfield.
After a decade of service to his boyhood team, Iniesta, who scored the winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup, is unlikely to leave the La Liga champions any time soon.