The potential transfer of Andres Iniesta to Chongqing Lifan of the Chinese Super League has been in doubt after the club said they will not pay the Barcelona player a salary that distorts the market.

The 33-year-old Barça captain said in April he would leave the club he joined when he was 12 at the end of the season, and media reports suggested he would sign for Chongqing.

In a statement on the Weibo social network on Friday, the president of the Chinese team, Jiang Lizhang, said they are working with Iniesta in areas that include marketing and youth education, but that there is no agreement for him to play.

Chongqing said it would adhere to the rational investment and follow the rules set by the Chinese Football Association, controlled by the Government, which includes a salary cap.

Information from the Spanish press indicated that the midfielder was close to signing a three-year contract with Chongqing for 81 million euros.

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