Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  

Baros too pricey for Schalke

Bundesliga runners-up Schalke 04 admit they are unlikely to sign Czech international striker Milan Baros from Liverpool claiming the seven million pound (10 million euro) asking price is too high.

Schalke entered the race for Baros's signature on Thursday but have baulked at Liverpool's valuation of the topscorer from the Euro 2004 finals.

"It is 95 per cent certain that a deal is over," general manager Rudi Assauer told Bild daily.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is prepared to let the 24-year-old Baros go after signing Peter Crouch from Southampton but manager Rafael Benitez wants a sizeable transfer fee for the marksman.

Premiership side Aston Villa have already had a five-million-pound (7.2 million euros) offer turned down and are considering whether to up their bid.