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There was a story on Talksport earlier tonight, later "strenuously denied" that Terry Henry had "agreed in principle" to join Barcelona for something like 17 million euros.

This story, supposedly, was on http://www.francefootball.com so if you're French is up to it, or you're inclined to try to make sense of a http://www.babelfish.com translation, check it out.

France football la revele mardi: Henry est d'accord avec Barcelona (Presse-Sports).

Which according to babelfish means

France football the revele Tuesday: Henry agrees with Barcelona (Press-Sports).

But maybe that's because I can't be bothered to do the accents in revele. I think it means reveals.

Anyway. The chances are that it's all complete crap. But maybe not. And I've wondering whether I'd actually prefer him to stay at the Arse, having not exactly been at his most effective last season, or to see him out of the Premier League, possibly with a new lease of life at Barcelona.

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I think Arsenal would be wise to sell. They are not a team in a positon to be ready to challenge for major honours yet and they won't be this coming season with, or without, Henry. His stock is on the decrease and they would be wise to cash in whilst they can still get a resaonable wedge for him.

I bet they are secretly regretting not letting him go last season when they could have got a mint for him.

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L'attaquant fran?ais a trouv? un accord avec Barcelone sur la base d'un contrat de trois ans pour ce qui peut devenir le transfert de l'ann?e. Manque encore le feu vert d'Arsenal o? il avait prolong? jusqu'en 2011.

? Henry tout pr?s de Barcelone ?, c'est ce que r?v?le France Football dans son num?ro ? para?tre ce mardi. Dans l'article de Paco Aguilar, le correspondant du bi-hebdo ? Barcelone, figure un faisceau d'indices incitant ? penser que l'arriv?e de l'attaquant d'Arsenal en Espagne semble d?sormais imminente. Apr?s les d?clarations r?centes de l'international fran?ais qui laissait planer un doute sur son avenir chez les ? Gunners ?, une ?tape importante a ?t? franchie la semaine derni?re lors de la rencontre entre l'agent du joueur, J?r?me Anderson et le directeur sportif du Bar?a, Txiki Beguiristain.

Un accord serait intervenu ? l'issue de cet ?change entre les deux parties, sur la base d'un contrat de trois ans (plus une ann?e en option) et des revenus de dix millions d'euros par saison, sup?rieurs de pr?s de 40% ? ceux touch?s actuellement par Thierry Henry ? Arsenal. Si le transfert para?t en tr?s bonne voie, toutes les questions ne sont pas r?solues pour autant. Il n'est pas du tout dans l'intention du club anglais de laisser partir son buteur vedette sous contrat jusqu'en juin 2011 sans exiger une forte somme.

L'an pass?, il avait ?t? question de 40 millions d'euros ; aujourd'hui, ? l'approche de la trentaine, Thierry Henry repr?sente toujours beaucoup d'argent, et il n'est pas dit que les 25 millions d'euros que Barcelone veut proposer ? Arsenal soit suffisants. L'affaire qui avait ?chou? il y a un an est en tout cas bien partie pour se conclure cette fois-ci, d?s l'instant o? le Fran?ais est d?cid? ? rompre le lien avec Arsenal qu'il avait rejoint en 1999.

and ...

The French attacker found an agreement with Barcelona on the basis of contract a three year old for what can become the transfer of the year. Still miss the green light of Arsenal where it had prolonged until 2011. "Henry very close to Barcelona", it is what reveals France Football in its number to appear this Tuesday. In the article of Paco Aguilar, the correspondent of Bi-hebdo in Barcelona, appears a beam of indices incentive to think that the arrival of the attacker of Arsenal in Spain seems from now on imminent. After the recent declarations of international French who let plane a doubt about his future at the "Gunners", an important stage was reached last week at the time of the meeting between the agent of the player, Jerome Anderson and the sporting director of Bar?a, Txiki Beguiristain. An agreement would have been reached at the end of this exchange between the two parts, on the basis of contract of three years (more one year in option) and incomes of ten million euros per season, superiors of almost 40% with those currently touched by Thierry Henry in Arsenal. If the transfer appears in very good way, all the questions are not solved for as much. It is not at all in the intention of the English club to let leave its striker high-speed motorboat under contract until June 2011 without requiring a strong sum. The year spent, it had been question of 40 million euros; today, with the approach of about thirty, Thierry Henry always represents much money, and it is not known as only the 25 million euros that Barcelona wants to propose in Arsenal is sufficient. The business which had failed one year ago in any case left well to be concluded this time, as of the moment when the French is decided to break the bond with Arsenal which it had joined in 1999.

er ... my head's spinning.

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It is not at all in the intention of the English club to let leave its striker high-speed motorboat

Exactly.

Henry is now apparently threatening to sue France Football. Who would believe there'd be all this fuss over a striker high-speed motorboat. Must have been the beam of indices wot done it.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Well. According to rumours coming from Spain and filtering down to Talksport and Sky, Henry has signed a 4 year contract with Barcelona, who've bought him for ?16million.

Update: Barcelona are now claiming they've signed Henry

http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hli ... +Henry+fee

Edit: no idea why I can't get the link or Insert Web Page feature to work, but it won't.

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16 million seems a bit low for him, if what the BBC are saying is true. He's worth ?20 million +.

Wenger must have something up his sleeve if he's willing to let Henry go. They've already lost Alliadiere and Baptista (no great loss there).

That leaves them with Van Persie, Adebayor and Bendtender. Now none of them look like 20-30 goal a season strikers to me.

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Its nice that at the moment we're not the club falling apart, its refreshing. Our time will come though.

What do you mean? Lamps is off, JT's off, Robben's off, JM's a dead man walking, RA's closed his wallet, we're shopping at Poundstretcher, our transfers are under investigation... You should read the papers more.

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As much as i hate Arse i must admit 've got a lot of respect for Henry as a player.

Snotty attitude yes, but what a talent. The league will miss him.

Interesting times ahead for Gooners. Only three years ago they were on the top of the world and now.........

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If Henry leaves Arsenal then they have to sign another great striker. Otherwise they won't go far this season. When Henry was injured this season Arsenal were on their knees.

I wonder what will happen at Barcelona. Eto?o, Ronaldinho, Messi and now Henry. Will they change from 4-3-3 to 3-3-4?

If not, who will they put on the bench?

Perhaps Eto?o leaves then. He goes to Milan who then sell Gilardino to Juventus who sell Trezeguet to Arsenal. That completes the circle of life icon_wink.gif

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If Henry leaves Arsenal then they have to sign another great striker. Otherwise they won't go far this season. When Henry was injured this season Arsenal were on their knees.

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They will definitely be signing a new striker however they may struggle to get the player they want (whoever that may be) - anyone that signs for Arsenal just now does so in the knowledge that in a year's time they will be looking for a new manager, hardly a stable environment to come into. No player with real ambitions of winning titles and possibly the champions league is going to sign for Arsenal just now and hence they will be looking at a players a little below that level. Don't be surprised to see them linked with Tevez however he would not be the answer to the gap left by Henry as he wouldn't score anything like enough goals for them.

I would say Trezeguet may have been an option but with Henry leaving and Wenger on his way he may opt to look elsewhere. However he may be prepared to take the gamble due to the fact he is getting on a bit now.

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Lets look at the positives from this move

- Gunners are upset, their weekend is ruined.

- The Premiership ((at the moment)) is a two horse race

Negatives

- We have to put up with tributes of him for weeks, at least up till the beginning of the season

- Bloody Barca's attack, one striker will go, and it'll be probably be Eidur, and I'd be gutted if he signed for the Mancs icon_sad.gif

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Another positive is that it'll give us a break from the constant Chelsea bashing. And on the subject of nice little diversions, if Sven goes to Man City, just imagine how much media attention that will draw.

At that rate, Jose would have to come out with something marginally certifiable to get a mention icon_wink.gif

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June 11th 2007 - 'There's never been any question of him not being at Arsenal next season' + Other crap from his agent

June 11th: "In my head I'm still an Arsenal player and my departure is not a current issue."

June 23rd: "I still must pass a medical on Monday but yes, I have chosen Barcelona,"

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Also, to read what the Goons think on this story, click this halarious link icon_lol.gif

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I think they might surprise everyone and sign Owen. For nine million quid he'll be an absolute bargain. He'll fit right in with how Arse attack opposition teams. And, so long as he stays fit, will bag a truck load of goals for them.

I'm actually surprised we didn't have a go for him, to be honest. 27 years old. Almost back to his best. Good price tag. Proven performer in the EPL. Being from Liverfool notwithstanding (can you ever really overlook that, though?), he would've been a great option for us. Especially playing up front with Drogba.

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