By Chris Wright
Barcelona’s Mexican utility man Rafael Marquez is close to agreeing a deal that will see him follow Thierry Henry‘s lead in leaving the Camp Nou for the New York Red Bulls.
Red Bulls sporting director Erik Soler had hinted that the acquisition of Henry wouldn’t be the club’s only high-profile signing this summer and it seems that Marquez will be the next star to swap La Liga for the MLS, with the man himself confirming his plans to leave the Catalan giants in search of first-team football;
“I want to leave Barcelona in a good way, I hope to get my passage to solve my future soon in the MLS or outside of MLS. I want to continue playing in the United States, Mexico or wherever the opportunity presents itself to me.”
Red Bulls coach Hans Backe is now set to reacquaint himself with Marquez, having previously worked with the versatile defender whilst serving alongside Sven-Goran Eriksson during his brief reign at the helm with the Mexican national side.