Manchester City may be reeling after one World Cup winner slipped through their grasp but they have now switched their sights to another.
City chiefs were unable to sign Kaka but they are keen to bring Barcelona ace Thierry Henry to Eastlands.
However, they may have to wait to the summer to get their man as Henry is unwilling to leave the Nou Camp this month.
Though Henry has settled in Spain after his turbulent start to life there, he appears to fit City's profile of a player whose broader image rights could have value.
The player, whose Barcelona contract expires in 2011, would probably command a price of around £14m — £2m less than Barcelona paid for him, though there is no accounting for the inflation which City approaches have been creating.
The club have certainly not been left with the impression that their pursuit of the striker is a lost cause.
City were able to strengthen their side yesterday by signing Holland international Nigel de Jong on a four-and-a-half-year contract from German club Hamburg.
The 24-year-old has moved for an undisclosed fee however German media reports that Mark Hughes's side may have paid as much as £18m to sign him. De Jong said: “It is the next step in my own career and I hope to be successful at Manchester City.”
City are also expected to bid again for Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given.