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Barcelona encourage Man City bid for Henry - and Eto'o

Barcelona are keen to sell Thierry Henry to Manchester City, it has been revealed.

The Observer says Barcelona will encourage Manchester City interest in Henry as the Spanish league leaders seek to bolster their summer transfer budget. Barça are also receptive to offers for their leading scorer, Samuel Eto'o, who they fear losing for nothing when his contract expires at the end of next season.

While Barça would accept far less than the €125m release clause on Henry's contract, the player himself is understood to be unwilling to switch the success and climate of Barcelona for the uncertainty of chasing a top-four place at Eastlands. The possibility of jeopardising his place in France's 2010 World Cup squad is another consideration.

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