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Mancini to Bid £85m for Ballon D’Or Superstar

Reports in Spain are suggesting that Super Spending Manchester City are plotting a sensational bid to prize away Andrés Iniesta from Barcelona. The Catalan giants could now face losing the player who is widely expected to win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or at the expense of his Barca teammates Messi and Xavi.

Iniesta, 26, who scored the winning goal in the World Cup final in July has continued his impressive form into the 2010-11 season for Barca and has already contributed some key goals so far.

Although the player came through Barcelona’s youth system La Masia, Spanish football requires all players to have a minimum release clause, believed to be in the region of  €150 million but, with Barcas financial situation all too common knowledge a bid £85 million would force acceptance.

Of course Iniesta is unlikely to want to leave his boyhood club and will no doubt suggest he stands more chance of winning further silverware in Spain. Though, City on the other hand could surely offer the playmaker a deal to make him the highest paid player in footballing history, a feat only they could.

Spanish teammate David Silva could be used as a makeweight in any deal to take Iniesta to Eastlands.

Follow Steve Featherstone on Twitter @FeathersWorld.

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