Japanese side Vissel Kobe are 'interested in pairing Manchester City's David Silva with his former Spain
team-mate Andres Iniesta.'
Midfielder Silva, 33, has just one year remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium but remains an influential part of Pep Guardiola
But ambitious J1 League club Kobe, who also have another Spain international in David Villa on their books, are reportedly preparing a lucrative offer.
report that Kobe, who are currently struggling in 12th position in the table, want to bolster their midfield and fancy their chances of signing Silva in the summer.
But Silva, who has nine goals and 12 assists in all competitions for City this season, remains an important figure in their side.
He will complete a decade playing for the club if he stays and sees out his contract next season, having joined them from Valencia in 2010.
Last year, Silva revealed that he would like to see out his contract in Manchester and then join his local side Las Palmas in Spain.
Iniesta joined Kobe from Barcelona in July last year.
City are chasing a domestic treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup.
Another crucial weekend awaits in their title battle with Liverpool. City currently top the table by a point and host Leicester City on Monday night, 48 hours after Liverpool make the trip to Newcastle.