Now it can be confirmed that Thierry Henry will join Bar?a. Details
forthcoming today or tomorrow.
> Any links?
It's over :
Barcelona in talks to sign Henry
Henry appears set for a move to Spain
Barcelona are in talks with Arsenal with a view to signing Thierry
Henry, BBC Sport understands.
Officials for the Spanish club are in London negotiating with the
Gunners over a reported 16m transfer fee.
Barcelona hope to close the deal by next week for Arsenal's record
goalscorer who has long been linked with a move to the Nou Camp.
The 29-year-old's agent, Jeff Weston, told BBC Sport: "The SEM Group
have no comment to make."
Earlier in June, the agency rubbished reports from France that the
Arsenal star had agreed a provisional three-year contract with Barcelona.
Do you think this is a good deal for Arsenal?
Henry signed a new four-year contract with the Gunners last year but
appeared to cast doubt on his future in June when he said he was
flattered by interest from AC Milan.
This came after he said he was "devastated" when Arsenal vice-chairman
David Dein left the club in April because of "irreconcilable
differences" with the rest of the board. Both AC Milan and Barcelona had
declared their interest in the player, who has been constantly linked
with a big-money move away from Arsenal for the last few summers.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal team-mate Patrick Vieira told BBC Five Live
that he feared Henry would leave the Gunners if the Premiership side did
not bring several world-class players.
"If Arsenal bring two or three big names that will show Thierry that
they want to compete," said the current Inter Milan player.
"If that's not the case Thierry will ask himself what is the best for him."
Barcelona claim they have agreed a 16million fee for Thierry Henry.
Reports in Spain have emerged suggesting the Arsenal striker has signed
a four-year deal with Barcelona.
Cadena Ser radio, the station that broke the news of David Beckham and
Zinedine Zidane's moves to Real Madrid, have stated that Barcelona will
pay €24million (16million) for the Arsenal forward.
The station, which quotes Barcelona officials, says Henry has already
put pen-to-paper on a contract spanning until 2011.
Spanish newspapers have also reported the story, but a spokesman from
Barcelona has told Sky Sports News that the deal is not yet finalised.
The spokesman claims Henry's move is 'not totally done and dusted' and
has insisted that discussions are still ongoing between Arsene Wenger
and his Barcelona counterparts.
Barcelona have been tracking Henry for over 12 months, despite the
Frenchman signing a long-term deal with The Gunners last summer.
The Catalan giants are looking to strengthen this summer after losing
out to Real Madrid in the Spanish title race.
And after Arsenal's disappointing season in the Premiership it appears
Henry has made the decision to continue his career at Camp Nou.
Speculation about his future has continued to mount in recent weeks,
especially since the departure of David Dein
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Also, get ready for some musical chairs. Barca claimed neither of
Ronalidnho or Et'o were for sale. Surely all three can't play if you
add in Messi.
That tells me one of them is leaving. Both have publically expressed
their desire to play with Henry.
(Hey Benny, it'll be funny if Moratti said 'F Milan, have Suazo' and
then ended up with one of the two).
> First of all, same price as Darren Bent~!
And 10 million less than Atletico Madrid are asking for the unproven
> Also, get ready for some musical chairs. Barca claimed neither of
> Ronalidnho or Et'o were for sale. Surely all three can't play if you
> add in Messi.
They'll find a way. Barca don't need to sell anyone.
> That tells me one of them is leaving. Both have publically expressed
> their desire to play with Henry.
> (Hey Benny, it'll be funny if Moratti said 'F Milan, have Suazo' and
> then ended up with one of the two).
I'm sure Inter are booking their plane tickets as we speak only problem
is they've signed a player (Suazo) under contract to another club
without that clubs permission and that sort of thing doesn't sit well
with anyone. Roma were banned from transfers for a season when they
pulled a similar stunt with Mexes.
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> > Now it can be confirmed that Thierry Henry will join Bar?a. Details
> > forthcoming today or tomorrow.
> > Best,
> > SMY
> Arsenal, once the poster children for shrewd fiscal transfer dealings,
> now seem to be the village idiots in that area. In the case of both
> Vieira and Henry they sold them for a little over half of what they
> could have sold them for just a year earlier.
>You heard it here first. Barca is showing all the signs
>of Real Madrid 5 years ago, signing big names with
>no plan in place.
I hope something gets rebuilt here, otherwise I fear a central defense
consisting of Thuram and Oleguer, not a heartwarming prospect except
for our opponents, of course.
Lastly, I wish Henry the best of stays in a new country and city, and
I hope he can show what he can do, which is plenty. He seems to have
matured vastly, so I don't fear trouble of a personal nature or with
his team-mates or the coach.
> > Big mistake.
> > You heard it here first. Barca is showing all the signs
> > of Real Madrid 5 years ago, signing big names with
> > no plan in place.
> I am not so sure of that, but a great (unarguably great in this case)
> player by himself cannot solve structural problems. It all depends on
> what Rijkaard wants to do with the team. He has several problems.
> Edmilson will be out for six months with the same old bad knee injury.
> Puyol needs to be operated on (torn knee ligament) and will be out
> three or four months. I think Bar?a needs to hire (or promote) a
> couple of strong players for its defense, as well as a couple of
> players for midfield, preferably ones who can both defend and attack.
> It looks like they might try for Schweinsteiger, finally, but why on
> earth would Bayern Munich get rid of a young player like that? There
> is also talk of hiring Jorge Andrade as a central defender, but
> Andrade has had physical problems and he was irregular this past
> season (the part that he did play). And Bar?a also needs to get rid of
> Deco, a player that has exhausted his cycle at the club. Apparently,
> they will also get rid of Giuly, ironically one of the subs who has
> played well whenever he has been called on. There is also a rumor
> about hiring Heinze, something which I oppose on humanitarian
> principles (I don't like thugs and I especially don't like them in my
> club). By the way, Real Madrid is also talking about Heinze...
> I hope something gets rebuilt here, otherwise I fear a central defense
> consisting of Thuram and Oleguer, not a heartwarming prospect except
> for our opponents, of course.
> Lastly, I wish Henry the best of stays in a new country and city, and
> I hope he can show what he can do, which is plenty. He seems to have
> matured vastly, so I don't fear trouble of a personal nature or with
> his team-mates or the coach.
Who will sit on the bench? Because someone has to,
else Barca have no chance. As you point out, a defense
of Thuram and Oleguer is bad enough. You need stoppers,
defensive midfielders, at least 1 attacking fullback,
a holding midfielder and a playmaker ( unless you want
Ronaldinho to carry that load one more season, which
is cruel ). Iniesta may step up to the plate, but I have
never been convinced by him.