Former Barcelona star David Villa set to be reunited with Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe

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David Villa will join up with ex-Barca colleague Andres Iniesta in Japan.

Former Spain international David Villa is set to join Japanese club Vissel Kobe after leaving New York City.

Villa will depart Major League soccer after four years in the United States when his contract expires and he has announced on social media that his next club will be in the J1 League.

The move will see the 36-year-old striker reunited with former Barcelona and Spain team-mate Andres Iniesta, who left the Camp Nou for Kobe in May.

Villa and Iniesta played together at Barca between 2010 and 2013 during which time they won two La Liga titles, the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Villa scored 80 goals in 124 MLS appearances for New York City, winning the MVP award in 2016 after his 23 goals helped the club reach the play-offs for the first time.

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Man City, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG and AC Milan all among suitors for Isco

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The winter transfer window is just a month away, but that hasn’t stopped the rumours of various players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in January.

 

ISCO

Isco doesn’t seem to see eye-to-eye with new Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari, who hasn’t started the attacking midfielder in a game since he took charge.

The Spain international was left out of their Champions League squad for the trip to Roma in midweek and the word on the street is Madrid are willing to sell, with Manchester City, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan all interested.

What could scupper any potential move is a rather punchy €700m release clause.

The Mirror has reported there is a ‘growing belief’ that one-time Tottenham target Isco could be available in the near future.

Isco’s representatives are already enquiring to see if their client would be welcome in the Premier League.

 

MAXWEL CORNET

Manchester City are monitoring Cornet‘s situation at Lyon, according to Calciomercato.

The Ivorian forward caught the eye of Pep Guardiola following his brace in his side’s 2-2 draw against the Premier League champions in Tuesday’s Champions League game.

Cornet has lacked playing time in Bruno Genesio’s squad this season, with all his league appearances so far coming as a substitute.

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Isco departure could justify Real Madrid's €250m move for Spurs' Christian Eriksen

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The winter transfer window is just a month away, but that hasn’t stopped the rumours of various players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in January.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN

Should Real Madrid receive a ludicrous fee for Isco, it could help justify shoving €250m in Tottenham’s direction for Eriksen with the Dane long been admired from within the walls of the Bernabeu, but Daniel Levy’s valuation of the playmaker continues to scare them off.

Madrid remain keen on the abundantly talented Spurs playmaker but Marca report that they have been told that he will cost €250m and not a penny less.

Spurs are understandably keen to retain the services of a prized asset and will only consider a sale if a record-breaking bid is tabled.

ANDRE ONANA

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar says the club hope to keep goalkeeper Onana for “as long as possible” amid rumours Barcelona want to re-sign him.

The Cameroon international moved to Amsterdam from Barca in 2015 and took over as the undisputed No1 the following season after Jasper Cillessen went in the opposite direction.

With over 100 appearances for the Eredivisie giants, the 22-year-old is contracted to 2021 and Van der Sar is confident he will stay put for now.

“I think Andre is fantastic,” Van der Sar told Goal.

“I think there are always a lot of rumours about players from Ajax. We develop great players and there is interest in a lot of our players, but we like to keep them for as long as possible.”

FRANCOIS KAMANO

Atletico Madrid have been monitoring the performance of Bordeaux winger Kamano in past weeks, Mercato365 claims.

Scouts from the Wanda Metropolitano as well as representatives from the Premier League and Serie A were spotted in Saturday’s goalless draw between Bordeaux and Dijon, and the Guinea international was in action for 75 minutes.

Kamano has enjoyed a fine start to the Ligue 1 this season with seven goals so far.

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