ATLETICO KEEN TO SELL TO BUY
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juninho has shone during a loan spell with Vasco da Gama and is determined to remain in his native Brazil, ahead of a possible World Cup appearance next year - providing the Samba superstars make it to the 2002 finals.
Atletico have contacted a representative acting on behalf of two un-named Premiership sides in a bid to receive their asking price of £5 million.
Newcastle United are rumoured to be one of the clubs interested in the former Middlesbrough midfielder, although Bobby Robson recently signed a similar kind of player in Welshman Craig Bellamy.
In an ideal world, Juninho will remain with Vasco for another year and extend his contract with Atletico, ahead of a likely elevation back to La Liga in 2002.
Atletico are keen to bolster their finances in order to compete for the signature of Sabrosa, who is being pursued by a number of continental sides.
Benfica, Sporting Libson, Manchester United, Deportivo La Coruna and Juventus have also been credited with an interest in the Portuguese winger, who has struggled to make a mark at Camp Nou.
"He has interest from Benfica but also Sporting and Atletico Madrid," confirmed Barca director Anton Parera.
"We are not interested in loaning Simao. If he is to leave, we only want to sell him."
The wide man would prefer a more high-profile move as he harbours his own hopes of playing in Korea and Japan next summer.
"I want to play in a club that allows me to go to the World Cup," said Sabrosa. "I will decide what is best for me."