Barcelona's president wants Henry next season

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The Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, said he is planning a bid for the Arsenal striker Thierry Henry next summer.

Laporta is an admirer of the France international and believes his club can lure Henry to the Nou Camp if they qualify for next season's Champions' League.

"I love Thierry Henry," Laporta said. "He is one of the best, if not the best striker in the world. It would be wonderful if he played for Barcelona - and it can happen. We need to have a good season and qualify for the Champions' League. If we do that, we will make our plans and, provided our coach agrees, we will try for Henry."

Laporta insisted his club will have no problems finding the cash to make Arsenal an offer. "We will not spend money we do not have but Barcelona always have the money to invest in superstars," he said.

Fabrizio Ravanelli - as much a crowd-pleaser in his time as Henry - is set to be unveiled as Dundee's new signing on Monday. The Dens Park director, Giovanni di Stefano, met the former Middlesbrough and Derby striker on Wednesday as talks over a possible move to Tayside continued.

But the controversial lawyer is so confident that the club can clinch the signature of the man dubbed the "White Feather" in his homeland that he is already planning the official announcement at the start of next week.

A Dundee spokesman said: "Mr Di Stefano met Fabrizio at his (Di Stefano's) home in London this afternoon as arranged. Mr Di Stefano said the meeting was 'extremely positive' and, as a result, he has instructed the club to call a press conference for Monday. We will carry out his instructions within the course of the next 24 to 48 hours."

Ravanelli, who was previously at Middlesbrough after winning the European Cup with Juventus in 1996, did not settle on Teesside and left within 15 months.

There was more good news for Dundee on Wednesday when BBC Scotland announced that it will broadcast the club's Uefa Cup first-round, first-leg tie against Perugia live on 24 September.