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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 June, 2003, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK
Barca move for Kewell
Harry Kewell
Kewell is expected to hold talks with Arsenal this week
Barcelona have made an official approach for Leeds midfielder Harry Kewell, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

The Catalan club, beaten to the signing of England captain David Beckham by Real Madrid, have immediately turned their attentions to the versatile Australian international.

However, on the club's official website, Leeds United have denied receiving an "official bid" from Barcelona.

Kewell's refusal to sign a new deal with Leeds has alerted a number of clubs interested in signing the 24-year-old.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Kewell and team-mate Paul Robinson, and the Australian was expected to hold talks with the Gunners this week.

Manchester United are also thought to be keen on spending some of the money from Beckham's 25m transfer to bring Kewell to Old Trafford.

However, Kewell has not yet ruled out signing a new contract with Leeds and his agent told this website that the player would examine all his options before making a decision.

I will meet the vice-president of Barcelona at the Stade de France
Ronaldinho's agent
Barcelona are desperate to sign a big name after new president Joan Laporta based his election campaign around a pledge to sign David Beckham.

The club are also to meet Ronaldinho's agent with a view to bringing the Brazilian to the Nou Camp.

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is the latest player to be linked with the club, with a Barca representative admitting that they hoped to speak with the Frenchman this week.

"Henry is one of the players we're hoping to talk to this week," said Juanjo Castillo, the press secretary of Barca vice president Sandro Rosell.

"We have to see whether he is interested in coming. Everyone likes Henry and he's a great player."





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