Well, you don't usually see players flying to England for physicals based on idle speculation...from www.maisfutebol.iol.pt:
Oficial: Selecção libertou Simão para «testes médicos em Liverpool»
[ 2005/08/31 | 09:49 ] Redacção MaisFutebolA Federação Portuguesa de Futebol acaba de divulgar, no site oficial, um comunicado sobre a situação de Simão Sabrosa.
De acordo com a nota divulgada, «o avançado do SL Benfica, Simão Sabrosa, foi autorizado a ausentar-se, temporariamente, do estágio da Selecção Nacional - Clube Portugal para deslocar-se a Liverpool e realizar testes médicos. O Seleccionador Nacional acedeu ao pedido do jogador, estando previsto o regresso do internacional português a Portugal, na parte da tarde, a tempo de integrar o treino agendado para as 17h30».
For the Pool folks here - with the possible exception of Miguel, Simao has been Benfica's best player these past years, and certainly its most influential. Make no doubt about it, he is a left winger. Attempts to make him play on the right or middle have proven fruitless. When he's on, he's fast, creative and can create space and distance for himself. Some players aren't cut out for the EPL, but he can run all day. I don't know who you guys have on that side now, but he is certainly starter material. His PK technique will drive you nuts and he does have a tendency to dive for calls.
He was a starter for Portugal at WC2002, but injury and some guy named Cristiano Ronaldo relegated him as a bench player for Portugal going into Euro last year. Still, the English will remember his performance against them as a 2nd half sub vs. England at Estadio da Luz in the quarters when he set up the cross for Postiga's' gametying header.
For the Benfica fans here - this is a great move for Benfica. IMO - Simao was looking too much like the 2nd coming of JVP to me: a team icon who was deemed "untouchable" because of his iconic status and universal association with the club's image. The problem with being a poster boy is people tend to neglect a deterioration in overall skills or effectiveness. I'm not saying Simao's deteriorating now - he's still got some good years in him, but his value will never be higher than it is now. Karayaka isn't on Simao's level, but I can live with him as a starter if it means we have another 20 mil to spend on quality needs elsewhere on the squad. If Cisse comes in the deal, it's a no brainer; even if we can't use him this year in the CL.