United continue Barca midfielder search

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Thomas Muller and Andres Iniesta do battle in the Allianz ArenaGettyImagesAndres Iniesta reportedly has a strained relationship with Barcelona officials.

In one of the most outlandish transfer stories you will hear this year (and it's a competitive category), Manchester United could make a move for Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, according to the Daily Mail. The Spain international is yet to sign a contract extension on his deal which ends in June 2014, although sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta insisted on Wednesday that the club is close to completing talks with the 29-year-old. The Mail reported later in the day that Iniesta has a strained relationship with bosses at the Camp Nou and David Moyes is hoping to take advantage of that after failing in a move for Cesc Fabregas over the summer. It's hard to think United's interest is anything more than a wild goose chase, but a big-money, long-term offer could give Iniesta something to think about.

Another day, another European manager linked with the vacant Crystal Palace job. Yesterday it was former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu and now ex-Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni has entered the frame. The 37-year-old was sacked to make way for Walter Mazzarri this season and could be a viable candidate given he is currently not tied down to any club.

Manchester City's hunt for a defender continues, with Portuguese newspaper O Jogo reporting that Manuel Pellegrini's side are keen on Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi. City were apparently keen on Manchester United target Ezequiel Garay, but have been turned away by Benfica's high asking price for the centre-back. 25-year-old Otamendi is now the preferred option and his links with Chelsea earlier in the season suggest he would be willing to join the Premier League. City could make a move for the Argentine in January, which would see him link up with countryman Martin Demichelis for the remainder of the season.

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