Monday, July 9, 2007

Portuguese winger Simao Sabrosa is Benitez's first choice

Benfica's Simao Sabrosa remains Rafael Benitez's first choice despite rumoured interest in £14million-rated Porto ace Ricardo Quaresma.
The Anfield boss is believed to prefer Simao over his international colleague Quaresma, but has been forced to play a waiting game by the player's Lisbon club.
Benitez is desperate to add a top class wide man to his squad but has grown so frustrated with Benfica's stance that he has made it known to them he is actively persuing the Porto man.
This could spark the serious negotiations over 27-year-old Simao that Liverpool want, although the situation has also been complicated by continued interest from Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish club, flushed with over £20million in cash from the sale of Fernando Torres are emerging as serious candidates for Simao - having previously courted Quaresma.
Although viewed as a more skilful player, Quaresma has been criticised for a lack of application in defence and when the going gets tough, having failed at Barcelona when he left Portugal in his younger years.
Simao needs no introduction to the Anfield faithful after scoring one of the goals that put Liverool out of the Champions League in 2006, while he bagged 11 league goals in 24 appearances last term.

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