Manchester City are in talks with Andres Iniesta to replace Arsenal-bound Mikel Arteta. The former Arsenal captain has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger and he informed Pep Guardiola of his intention to quit his role as assistant coach at Manchester City on Thursday. Guardiola is, along with director of football Txiki Begiristain, said to have given the 36-year-old his blessing but he has already made plans to replace him.

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Yahoo Sport reports that negotiations with Iniesta are already underway and the Barcelona midfielder is keen on taking up a role in Guardiola’s set-up. Iniesta announced his decision to part company with Barcelona after 22 trophy-laden years at an emotional press conference earlier this month. The 34-year-old confirmed he would be unlikely to continue his playing career in Europe and had been expected to complete a move to either China, Japan or America. A chance to learn from Guardiola, under whom he won two Champions League titles, could yet sway his decision, however.