Iniesta set for Vissel Kobe unveiling after agreeing Japan move

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The Spain international bid farewell to Barcelona on Sunday and is now set to play out the twilight years of his career in the Far East

Vissel Kobe have announced a news conference for Thursday where the J-League club are expected to confirm the arrival of Barcelona great Andres Iniesta.

The briefing, to unveil the signing of an unnamed new player, will take place in the Japanese capital Tokyo – 326 miles north east of Kobe.

Iniesta was understood to be bound for Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan after confirming a break in his career-long association with Barcelona at the end of April.

However, Vissel emerged as an alternative for the 33-year-old Spain international over recent weeks.

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The club's chairman Hiroshi Mikitani is also the chief executive of Japanese electronics company Rakuten, who are Barcelona's shirt sponsors.

They have already acquired the services of German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski and reportedly beat off competition from the A-League in Australia to sign Iniesta.

Iniesta has won nine Liga titles, four Champions League crowns, a World Cup and two European Championships throughout an incredible career and will travel to Russia 2018 as part of Julen Lopetegui's Spain squad.

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