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Thursday, 22 August, 2002, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Barca interest Hasselbaink
Chelsea's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he would like to be a part of Louis van Gaal's new Barcelona

The Dutch striker is being linked with a move to the Catalan club because of Chelsea's need to raise money.

And Hasselbaink, who has played in Spain, is apparently eager to return and play for one of the world's big clubs.


At the moment, Barcelona have the potential to win the Champions League and I could contribute to that
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

"Barcelona are one of the big clubs and Louis van Gaal one of the best coaches in the world," Hasselbaink told Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

"We are talking about an excellent combination and I would like to form part of it.

"At the moment, Barcelona have the potential to win the Champions League and I could contribute to that."

Earlier, the player's agent told BBC Sport Online he believed Hasselbaink would be sold if an appropriate offer was made.

The Catalans have added Hasselbaink to a list of strikers that they are trying to recruit as Louis van Gaal starts the rebuilding process at the Nou Camp.

Mallorca's Albert Luque and Deportivo de La Coruna's Diego Tristan are the others reportedly on Barcelona's shopping list.

"It is obvious that if a team like Barcelona is interested, then any player would be interested in listening," said Humphrey Nijman, Hasselbaink's agent.

"But there has to be an official approach first.

"The only thing that is publicly known is that if there was an appropriate offer then Chelsea would sell him."

Hasselbaink may prove to be the most attractive option for Barcelona, given that Chelsea are in a precarious financial position.

The Blues have apparently dropped their asking price from 12.8m to less than 8m for the Dutch international, who is close to a deal according to Catalan station TV3.

But a transfer merry-go-round means that Chelsea may not lose the striker who has top scored for them in the last two seasons.

Spanish international Luque is in negotiations for a move to Deportivo, which would open up the very real possibility of Tristan being sold to Barcelona.

The Catalan team's original target was believed to be Sporting Lisbon's Brazilian international Mario Jardel - but the two clubs ruled out a deal in a joint statement earlier this week.

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