Barca drop Henry hint
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona have dropped their clearest hint yet that they want to sign Thierry Henry.Barcelona have dropped their clearest hint yet that they want to sign Arsenal captain Thierry Henry.
Txiki Beguiristain has stated that the Frenchman's arrival would not affect Ronaldinho or Samuel Eto'o as the trio could play in the same team.
The Catalan club's technical secretary admitted that he is a firm admirer of the Gunners striker and explained that he would definitely strengthen the squad at Camp Nou.
"He is one of the players that would improve the squad here," Beguiristain told COM Radio.
"If he was to come then that would not mean that Ronaldinho or Eto'o would have to leave because they could all play together."
It is no secret that Henry is Barcelona's number one transfer target and the Catalan club are monitoring his contract talks with The Gunners.
The former Monaco and Juventus forward's contract does not expire at Arsenal until 2007, but the club are desperate to tie him down to a new, bumper deal.
Henry, though, has stonewalled on opening negotiations and has said that he will only talk about any new deal at the end of the current campaign.
Barca have also announced that they want Maxi Lopez to go out on loan in the winter transfer window and are studying offers from across Europe for the Argentinian target man.
Beguiristain believes that age is on Maxi's side and wants him to join a club where he will play regularly as his chances at Camp Nou are limited.
With Eto'o as the first choice striker at the club and Henrik Larsson on the bench, the former River Plate striker has only played 14 minutes this season and has now been told to study the offers that are coming in for him.
"We have received offers from Spain, England, France and Germany for Maxi and the club will take a decision soon on this," Beguiristain said.
"The fact that Larsson is a substitute, is fine for the player and for the club because of his age. But Maxi, who is 21, has to play every week.
"Therefore, we must find him a team that suits his demands and that the club would be happy to see him join."
Beguiristain then explained that despite not playing much this term, Santiago Ezquerro was still very much part of the club's plans and that he would definitely not be going anywhere in January.
The 28-year-old forward moved to Barca in the summer on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao, but has only managed six appearances as a substitute this season.
"Ezquerro will not be transferred," the Barca director said. "We want him to stay and he wants to stay.
"We know the quality that he has and he proves how good he is whenever he can, but the breakthrough of (Leo) Messi has seen him have fewer chances. It has been the same for Larsson, Maxi and Ludovic Giuly however."