AFPTOKYO (AFP-Jiji) — Japan’s Vissel Kobe have denied making a big-money offer to bring Barcelona star Andres Iniesta to the J.League, local media reported Wednesday.
Kobe sports director Atsuhiro Miura insisted that reports club president Hiroshi Mikitani had offered the Spanish World Cup winner a three-year deal and a salary of $30 million were wide of the mark.
“I’m amazed, I haven’t heard anything about that,” Miura was quoted as saying.
“To be honest, that amount of money doesn’t seem realistic to me. If he actually came he would be incredible — but it’s not realistic.”
Miura admitted he had accompanied Mikitani to Spain to watch last weekend’s “El Clasico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid, but insisted talks with Iniesta “had not taken place.”
Vissel officials were not immediately available to comment when contacted by AFP.