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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2005, 11:23 GMT
Benfica ready to sell Reds target
Simao Sabrosa
Benfica have revealed they will sell winger Simao Sabrosa to Liverpool in the January transfer window if the Reds come up with the right price.

President Luis Filipe Vieira said Simao would have already left had Liverpool offered them 12m for the 25-year-old.

"It is not in our plans to let players leave but if it has to happen, it will. If we get an offer too good to turn down we can't say no," said Vieira.

"For the amount of 12m, Simao would already have left Benfica."

Liverpool appeared to have tied up a deal to sign Simao in the summer for around 8m, but the Portuguese club pulled out of the deal just before the transfer window closed.

But last week Vieira said Benfica would not block Sabrosa's exit if the player wanted to leave and the club's demands were met.

"Some day, Benfica will have to say farewell to Simao. We have a gentleman's agreement," he told Portuguese sports daily Record.

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has already revealed Simao is top of their shopping list in January.

"After we failed to get him (Simao) we have continued to follow him and monitor his performances and progress," said Parry last month.

"We still need a player like him and we appreciate his qualities."


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