FFA hopeful of Iniesta A-League coup

Emma Kemp
Several A-League clubs have expressed interest in signing nine-time La Liga champion Andres Iniesta

Football Federation Australia's audacious bid to lure Andres Iniesta to the A-League is still "a live conversation" based on word from a Spanish intermediary assisting the cause.

It's understood FFA has reached out to an unnamed middleman for help in facilitating dialogue with the Barcelona great's management, keeping in touch on a daily basis and speaking as recently as Thursday.

While there was no news overnight, the governing body was left under the impression there was still reason to hope Iniesta might be tempted to continue his decorated career in Australia. FFA chief David Gallop revealed a number of A-League clubs had expressed interest in signing the nine-time La Liga champion.

The 32-year-old has been linked with moves to China, Japan and Australia since announcing he would not join another European side after leaving Barcelona. He broke his silence on Wednesday night to confirm "all possibilities are open".

Australia's chances of snaring such a big fish with FFA's modest new $3 million war chest appear slim.

Yet hours after J-League club Vissel Kobe appeared to back away from reports of an offer worth 25 million euros ($A40 million) a season, Gallop said FFA meant business and revealed there were clubs willing to top up any potential offer.

"I won't name who but I do understand that A-League clubs have expressed interest, and that's a start," Gallop said.

"He'll have offers from around the globe but the A-League offers a great competition to play in and the Australian lifestyle, and we saw with (Alessandro) Del Piero and others that is an attraction.

"It would require a significant investment, primarily from one of our clubs, but we've got some funds available as well and, if we can contribute - it would be a contribution, not the bulk of what he could earn - then we think it's money well spent."

Iniesta addressed the speculation, revealing there were still "little details" to resolve before deciding on his next club.

"I said that I would not go to Europe and, apart from that, all possibilities are open," Iniesta told beIN Sports after Barcelona thumped Villarreal 5-1.

"They said I'm not going to China. Now they say Japan is an option and I've also heard Australia.

"You will know when I tell you. There are things to seal, little details, and I will try and choose the best option."

Gallop's comments came as the chief executives of Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Newcastle met A-League chief Greg O'Rourke on Thursday to discuss their interest in signing big-name marquees.

Adelaide United are also understood to be on board and Western Sydney open to discussion.

The meeting, which touched on how the funds, provided by Fox Sports, should be used, would be put in writing and shared with all 10 clubs.

The parties also discussed how best to refresh the policy and marketability criteria of the centralised 'guest marquee' fund of 2016, under which only Tim Cahill was signed to Melbourne City. Western Sydney (Eduardo da Silva) and Melbourne Victory (Alessandro Diamanti) had requests knocked back.