Could former Arsenal and Monaco legend Thierry Henry, leave the Gaudi inspired wonders of Barcelona for a shock return to the Premier League? It could happen, according to the Daily Mirror writer John Cross who has stated that while Thierry has already stated that he has no wish to sign for Manchester City (subtext : They haven’t offered me enough money yet), he could well be tempted to put pen to paper on a deal should he decide to leave Barcelona at the end of this season.
Henry does have another year on his Barcelona contract, but Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will know that it would make sense financially to cash in on the striker now, and receive a fee reputed to be around £10m, rather than allow him to leave on a free transfer once his contract expires in twelve months. City first made their interest known at the start of the season, but were told firmly by Barcelona that nothing would be done. However Mark Hughes may well feel that Barcelona’s position will soften come January.
The news is further complicated by the fact that Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls are thought to want to bring Henry to the Big Apple. The belief in New York circles being that the signing of a star like the French striker could do for their franchise what signing David Beckham did for the L.A Galaxy, who clinched their divisional title at the weekend and now enter the end of season play offs to take on Houston Dynamo’s. The Red Bulls are thought to be ready to match the £10m fee for the player and it is thought that Henry would be interested in moving to America, where he would of course earn ridiculous amounts of money and have to endure commentators like these shown below…
While Henry has reportedly poured scorn over a move to City, he is thought to be keen on a return to the Premier league. Arsenal would appear to be the most obvious candidates but Arsene Wenger is seldom moved to bring back players that he has already sold once. Wenger has also admitted he sees Henry as eventually moving into a career in coaching, so perhaps a player-coach role may appeal to Henry. However with Arsenal unlikely to be willing to match the money on offer from Red Bulls or Manchester City, one wonders if the lure of the Emirates would not be enough to make Henry decide to re-join, even if his former manager wanted him to.
With striker Emmanuel Adebayor likely to be missing for a large chunk of the early part of 2010 due to African Cup of Nations commitments with Togo, Hughes may well decide that he needs a striker to cover for the massive loss of the freescoring ex-Arsenal man, and what better way to replace him than with another freescoring ex-Arsenal man? Especially with Barcelona so enamoured, it seems, with City star Robinho…
Do City have a realistic chance of landing Henry, or is it all just a desperate futile hope?
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