Ok, so here’s the deal. Mark Hughes has admitted that his current Eastlands squad has ‘obvious frailties’, which means that he’s likely to spend some money in January to correct this. It might be one player, it could be two or three, but it’s certainly given the media a reason to link the world and his wife with a January move to Manchester once again. Step forward for the latest rumour.
We all know that Thierry Henry has had an indifferent time of things since he signed for Barcelona, with the Frenchman no longer being a big fish in a smaller pond. However, it remains to be seen whether in fact he’ll return to England, especially to join a club that doesn’t begin with the letter A and end with the letter L. The Daily Mail report that ‘Mega-rich Man City’ are ready to rescue him from what must be hell getting paid a stack of cash to turn out for one of the world’s biggest clubs.
Mark Hughes will try to prise Thierry Henry from Barcelona when the transfer window opens in January. Former Arsenal striker Henry is expected to leave the Nou Camp after failing to make an impact in Spain and Manchester City boss Hughes has asked to be kept informed of developments.
City desperately need a reliable forward to complement their attacking midfielders because Hughes and his staff feel Brazilian Jo, 20, will not come into his own for another year at least.
Henry, 31, has been at Barcelona for a little over a season but has never settled and is keen to return to England. Last night Hughes stressed City fans should be patient as he builds a team to challenge for honours.
While a striker seems to be the priority, it remains to be seen whether Hughes really wants to sign a forward who is clearly not going to improve and is on the wrong side of 30. Surely the Manchester City fans would prefer to have a prolific forward who is likely to be around for a number of seasons, especially as Henry became more injury-prone towards the end of his stint at Arsenal.