United and Liverpool go head to head in race to sign Dede
Two English giants are set to battle it out to land the signature of Vasco da Gama centre back Dede. The Brazilian is being chased by both Manchester United and Liverpool as both look for centre backs in the summer transfer window.
Reports suggest Liverpool are ready to commit massive funds to land Dede but Manchester United are also in the race. Teams such as Juventus and Benfica have also enquired about the services of the 6ft 3in stopper.
Dede has been identified as the man that Brazil will build their team on for the upcoming World Cup 2014 as the host nation look to secure glory. A centre back partnership of Dede and Thiago Silva is what the Samba nation will hope to be a fruitful one.
Vasco da Gama have confirmed that Dede will be sold after the club from Rio have hit massive financial problems after being courted by federal tax authorities over unpaid debts. Dede will have to be sold in order to generate funds to stave off the threat of liquidation.
Vasco will hope to start an auction to the highest bidder of around £15m meaning both Liverpool and United will have to spend big if they want to land their man.
The Anfield club believe they are leading the race after establishing a relationship with the private investment group that owns 55 per cent of the player.
Reds defence needs to be strengthened
Brendan Rodgers is keen to add at least two centre backs to his squad with Jamie Carragher retiring and Sebastian Coates on his way out of Merseyside.
Dede fits the bill perfectly as he is a young international with plenty of quality and potential.
A deal to sell the Brazilian to Corinthians collapsed in January and Vasco have raised the price to warn off rival clubs in the Brazilian league.
Liverpool have two Brazilians Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho at Anfield whilst on the other hand, the Red Devils have the Da Silva brothers, Fabio and Rafael. Sir Alex Ferguson's side also has central midfielder Anderson.
It is unclear whether Dede would choose Old Trafford considering the partnership of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, with the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans as back up, meaning playing time could be limited.
Whereas at Liverpool, playing time would be more frequent with Carragher’s retirement on the uncertainty surrounding Martin Skrtel’s future at the club; with Zenit St. Petersburg wanting to take him back to Russia.
Whatever club lands the 24 year old, he can grow to be a star defender for many years to come.
By Marcus Banks