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Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Schalke 04 pull out of Baros deal
Liverpool striker Milan Baros
Striker Baros scored nine league goals last season
Milan Baros' move to Schalke 04 has fallen through - and Rafael Benitez insists he is happy to keep the Czech international striker at Anfield.

The German club have not been able to meet the asking price for Baros, 23, and were hoping to take him on loan.

But general manager Rudi Assauer said: "Liverpool only want to sell but 8-10m euros (5.5m-6.8m) is impossible."

Benitez said: "Clubs are interested but we have never said we are unhappy with him or that we want to sell him."

Assauer had said signing the 23-year-old would be the club's all-time "biggest transfer".

He earlier said: "We could only justify it if we were guaranteed Champions League football for the next three seasons. There is no guarantee of that."

Despite being left out of their Champions League qualifiers so far, and the arrival of Peter Crouch at Anfield, Baros is thought to be keen to stay and fight for a place.

West Ham, Aston Villa, Lyon and Valencia have all been linked with Baros, who cost Liverpool 3.5m and scored nine Premiership goals last season.

Benitez has said he wants to bring in two new players during the next seven days - a central defender and a right winger.

But it seems those deals would not be funded by money received for Baros.

"We have good strikers here, (Fernando) Morientes, (Djibril) Cisse, Crouch, (Anthony) Le Tallec, (Neil) Mellor, (Florent) Sinama-Pongolle and Baros," added Benitez.

"The aim is to use them all in all of the competitions."


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