Barcelona trying to fend Chelsea off Iniesta

For the last two seasons, FC Barcelona have been going gaga over Diego Armando Maradona II Lionel Messi. But there is another soldier in this highly talented and exceptional Barcelona army and we are not talking about Ronaldinho here. Instead we are talking about a certain Andres Iniesta, the Albacete-born Barcelona player who has been a graduate of the brilliant Barca youth academy.

For the last two years, Iniesta has developed and gained maturity to a marvellous degree and as a ball possessing midfielder, he is the best in La Liga at the moment He does have a slender build and a diminutive figure but his talent, pragmatism and skills have not gone unnoticed by those following La Liga on a regular basis.

And it appears that the Chelsea scouts too have been following the Spanish international medio. Sky Sports has reported that the English Premier League giants are preparing a bid for Iniest and has also reported that Barca are doing everything they possibly can to convince the player to stay at Camp Nou.

Sky Sports quotes reports in Spain suggesting that Barcelona president Joan Laporta is ready to slash out an new and improved 6-year contract to Andres Iniesta in order to thwart Chelsea’s chances of seducing one of Camp Nou’s prized asset away. Chelsea have been supposed to have confirmed their interest in signing the payer but have launched no official bid. Barca do insist that the player is not for sale but the Spanish giants are current going through some sort of a crisis where the squad is somewhat incoherent both on the pitch and in the dressing room.

But would Iniesta be successful in the Premier League and at Chelsea? He has all the qualities of developing into a truly world class footballer and he is certainly one of the best players around in Europe. He is young and dynamic and is massively ambitious. So should Chelsea go all out for him?

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