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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 July, 2004, 14:35 GMT 15:35 UK
Liverpool deny Baros bid
Liverpool have denied that Real Madrid have been in contact with them about an approach for striker Milan Baros.

Baros, 22, said the Spanish giants had enquired about a possible transfer during Euro 2004, at which he was top scorer with five goals.

But Liverpool spokesman Ian Cotton told the club's website: "There has been no contact between the clubs.

"Milan is expected back in training on 19 July, along with the other players who played in Euro 2004."

Real presidential candidate Lorenzo Sanz admits he has targeted Baros.

And the Czech Republic striker told Czech television: "Real Madrid have made a concrete offer but it is still a question of discussions.

"It is only an offer. I still have a contract with Liverpool, but something happened during the European Championship.

"My agent Pavel Paska called me at the weekend and told me about it - it would certainly be a great challenge."

Baros said that he would talk to new Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez before making any decision.

"Everything will depend on possible agreement of both clubs and my manager.

"When I return to Liverpool, I will talk with our new coach Rafael Benitez. He will tell me his view."

Baros was the main marksman for the Czechs in their run to the semis.

But he has only been a bit-part player at Anfield since joining Liverpool from Banik Ostrava for 3.2m in 2002.

The Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky is another player on Sanz's shopping list and is also represented by Baros' agent Paska.

"I had a meeting with Mr Sanz on Sunday in Lisbon," said Paska.

"We concluded agreements in which he undertook that if he becomes the president of Real, he will buy both players."

Sanz, who will compete against Florentino Perez in this month's presidential elections, is also believed to be interested in signing Portugal midfielder Maniche, who was one of Euro 2004's most impressive performers.

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