Brazilian defender Dede is set to join the Premier League with Liverpool and Man Utd leading the chase for his signature according to the Daily Mirror. The powerful centre back is highly regarded in his homeland and is expected to be at the heart of his side’s defence for the World Cup.
Dede’s current club Vasco de Gama are in financial difficulty and will sell Dede in the summer to raise funds to pay off some of their debt.
Fluminese manager Abel Braga, who was interested in signing the giant defender said of Dede; “He is absurdly talented and will certainly be one of Brazil’s stars at the 2014 World Cup.”
Vasco could sell Dede to one of their Brazilian rivals, but they want to sell him in the summer when the big European clubs are buying in order to drive up the price. They hope to get a fee of around £15m.
Vasco only own 45% of Dede
Vasco need a big transfer fee because they only own 45% of Dede’s registration. Similarly to the Carlos Tevez situation when he was at West Ham, Dede is owned by a third party that invested in him as a youngster.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is determined to beat rival Sir Alex Ferguson to the signing of Dede. He sees him as the perfect replacement for Jamie Carragher who is retiring at the end of this season.
Rodgers believes Dede and Daniel Agger can be his defensive pairing for years to come, with both physical and good in the air as well as being comfortable with the ball at their feet.
Rodgers has spoken of the need to add quality players to fit straight into his first team, rather than adding fringe players to his squad. He considers Dede one of those players and has made the Brazilian one of his top targets this summer.