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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 August 2005, 19:27 GMT 20:27 UK
Liverpool fail in move for Simao
Benfica's Simao Sabrosa
Simao was apparently set for a 10m move
Liverpool's move for Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa has broken down after the two clubs failed to agree a deal.

The 25-year-old had been given permission to fly to Anfield for a medical but Liverpool refused to meet Benfica's asking price for the player.

Liverpool are thought to have increased their initial 7m offer to 10.2m but Benfica were holding out for 13.6m.

Having missed out on Michael Owen, the Reds seem to have failed in their bid to find a replacement for Milan Baros.

Baros joined Aston Villa in a 6.5m move last week.

Benfica sporting director Jose Veiga said Simao would be disappointed that the deal had fallen through.

But Veiga told the Renascenca radio station: "I am convinced that Simao will not be against us because he is a great professional and he has proved this throughout the years he has played for Benfica."


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