Manchester United & Liverpool defender target ‘not thinking about transfer’
Manchester United & Liverpool transfer news: Dede focused on life at Vasco De Gama
Manchester United and Liverpool defender target Dede is ‘not thinking about a transfer’ amidst interest in his services, according to the player’s agent.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs, with AC Milan, Benfica, Juventus and Valencia also keen on the South American star, according to Goal.com.
However, Guilliano Aranda insists that whilst AC Milan are leading their rivals for the player’s signature, the Italian giants are yet to make a bid for the player.
And, his client is firmly focused on impressing in Brazil, and potentially earning an international call-up for the Confederations Cup later in the year.
"I believe there has been contact between the clubs and the Rossoneri’s interest in Dede is concrete, but at the moment they have not spoken to me directly. Vasco are still awaiting Milan’s offer," he told Tuttomercatoweb.
"At the moment Dede is not thinking about a transfer. He is happy in Brazil and giving his all to earn a call-up for the Confederations Cup,"
Aranda was happy to admit that playing at the San Siro would be a huge honour for his client though, admitting that the Rossoneri are ‘a great club’.
"Milan are certainly a fantastic club and among the top sides in the world, so playing with the Rossoneri jersey would be an honour for the lad," he concluded.
Manchester United aren’t short of options in defence, with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all fighting for first team chances at Old Trafford.
However, injuries have hampered Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the past both domestically and in Europe, and it’s no surprise to see the Red Devils looking to strengthen in the position.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has fewer centre backs at his disposal, and with Jamie Carragher set to retire at the end of the season, a hole will need to be filled at Anfield.
Dede would provide competition alongside Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Sebastian Coates on Merseyside, but the Reds face a tough challenge in luring the player to the club ahead of Champions League contenders.