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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta set to join Vissel Kobe in Japan - sources

As Andres Iniesta prepares for his 38th and final El Clasico, take a look back at his impact on Spain's biggest derby.
Shaka Hislop hails Andres Iniesta's impact on football and Barcelona as he prepares to leave the Blaugrana after 22 years.
Andres Iniesta was brought to tears as he announced he will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season after 22 years with the club.
The adjectives to describe Andres Iniesta's 22-year career with Barcelona are endless as he announces he'll leave the club at the end of the season.

Andres Iniesta has reached an agreement to sign with Japan's Vissel Kobe, sources have confirmed to ESPN's Jordi Blanco.

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser were the first to report the agreement between Iniesta and the J-League club. According ESPN's sources, the 33-year-old will sign a three-year deal with an annual salary of $30 million.

Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of Vissel Kobe, is also the CEO of Barcelona's main sponsor Rakuten. His participation in the negotiations with Iniesta would have been a pivotal...

 By AAP

Urawa Red Diamonds sign Andrew Nabbout from Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets produced a stubborn performance to take a 2 - 1 victory in the top of the table clash with FC Sydney.

Newcastle Jets attacker Andrew Nabbout says leaving the A-League club for Japan is bittersweet but it's an opportunity he can't pass up.

Nabbout is joining J-League powerhouse Urawa Red Diamonds, who tabled an offer moments after his match-winning goal against Sydney FC on Saturday night.

"It's a bittersweet moment to be leaving," Nabbout said in statement on Monday.

"We have got a great group of lads here and I'm loving my football but this is an opportunity I can't pass up, something I've worked...

 By AAP

Newcastle Jets happy to allow Andrew Nabbout to join J-League club

Newcastle Jets produced a stubborn performance to take a 2 - 1 victory in the top of the table clash with FC Sydney.

Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick has given Andrew Nabbout his blessing to leave for Japan, confident the team has enough depth to cover for the star forward -- and Roy O'Donovan should the Irishman cop a suspension.

Nabbout pressed his Socceroos case further in Saturday night's thrilling 2-1 triumph over Sydney FC, netting a stunning goal from 30 metres to bring his season tally to 10 goals and seven assists.

The performance also did little to harm his chances of securing a formal contract offer...

 By John Duerden

Thai players' success should provide boost for J League throughout Asia

Thai stars Teerasil Dangda, Teerathon Bunmathan and Chanathip Songkrasin out on loan to the J-League for the 2018 season.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs. Consadole Sapporo is not usually the big game in Japan, but on Saturday it gave J League bosses the start to the season they had been dreaming of. Almost half an hour into his debut for Hiroshima, Teerasil Dangda was left alone in the area and the striker headed home the only goal of the game from Yoshifumi Kashiwa's cross.

The goal was scored by perhaps the second biggest name in Thai football. The biggest belongs to Chanathip Songkrasin, who was on the same pitch as part...