Monday, August 11, 2008

Why Thierry Henry to United talk must be a diversionary bluff...

According to the latest transfer gossip United may well try to sign Thierry Henry from Barcelona. We don't know who started the rumour, it could well have come from within Old Trafford, one theory doing the rounds is that the Reds are trying to force Spurs hand by telling them via the media that they will not budge on the Reds reported £24m valuation of Berbatov.

Spurs, having recently pulled down United's and Liverpool's transfer trousers over the fees for Michael Carrick and Robbie Keane, and the North London club will no doubt believe that they can do it again with Berbatov.

No one from within Old Trafford has made any comments about Henry, but on Sunday Fergie was asked the question to which he replied "I don't have an answer to that", which is hardly the same as saying, yes, we are interested. However, Fergie's failure to totally rule out any move for the former Arsenal striker has led to a media speculation feeding frenzy (again what United wanted?), but as is often the case there's not a jot of evidence to support any firm interest from United.

If United are going to make a move for a Barcelona striker it will more likely be for either Samuel Eto'o or even Eidur GuĂ°johnsen. In my humble opinion, there's more chance of Bobby Charlton playing up front for the Reds next season rather than Thierry Henry, who has gone on record more than once saying that he could only play for Arsenal in England.

United fans who believe that the Reds are chasing one of Barcelona's stikers should keep an eye out for the team that faces Wisla Krakow on Wednesday in the Nou Camp for a Champions League qualifier, if any of the trio of linked players takes part in that game then we can surely rule them out of any move soon.

The Reds could yet make a move for Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz or Klass jan Huntelaar, but I personally have major doubts about the abilities of the latter and what's more it appears that I'm not on my own with no big European clubs making a move for the Ajax striker.

Fergie seems fairly confident that United will sign one of their top striker targets and so we have to believe that confidence is not misplaced because make no mistake the Reds do need another first class striker.

1 comment:

  1. Indeed, both Henry and Eto'o not only appeared for Barcelona, but both scored as well. Gudjohnsen was an unplayed substitute.


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