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Manchester United have been linked with Vasco da Gama’s promising young defender Dede this week – GMF have run the rule over him.


At just 23 years of age Dede is picking up quite a following in the football world and Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson is supposedly one of these.


The centre-half has been feted as a long-term replacement to Rio Ferdinand at the Red Devils, who has come in for criticism in the past couple of years and has had a number of fitness problems.


GMF feels it is its duty to take a look at Dede and report on whether he would be a suitable match for Manchester United and the Premier League.


Coming straight form Brazil poses work permit problems before anything else, but it has also made for a difficult transition for many on the pitch.


Previous United signings such as Kleberson have come from Brazil, as well as from numerous other South American countries, have struggled with the differences in how the game is played over here.


However, many have adjusted well and have made a decent living in the Premier League – Gilberto Silva of Arsenal comes to mind as a great success.


It is almost impossible to tell if a prospective signing will be able to settle in well enough, but Dede current attributes suggest he may not suffer so much should he make the trip to England.


Coming in a sizeable 6ft 3in, the Brazilian has an imposing physique and is more than capable of dealing with the physical challenges that the Premier League may throw up at him.


His positioning and anticipation need work but he has decent recovery speed when he makes mistake sin those areas, so he won’t as vulnerable as his compatriot Alex was at times playing got Chelsea.


The past season this area has improved greatly, however, and it has led to him being touted for a call up by Mano Menezes to the national team.


It seems he is a natural defender and has exceptional timing in the tackle, highlighted recently when a performance against Flamengo and former CSKA Moscow striker Wagner Love brought great praise from the manager of another rival Fluminense.


“Dede is absurdly talented and will certainly be one of Brazil's centre-backs at the 2014 World Cup,” said Abel Braga.


“I cannot believe a player comes up against Vagner Love in six or seven one-on-ones and wins the ball every time.



“That is what Dede did. He made 16 tackles overall and not one was a foul. His form at the moment is exceptional.”


As well as being physically imposing, Dede is very good in the air and rarely gives any change to attacking team who employ on aerial game.


Looking back, you would think this young stopper should be able to walk straight into a Premier League side without any problems, but the cultural change cannot really be estimated.


His positional weaknesses may be exposed in the pace of the Premier League as club football in Brazil is much slower and far more technique orientated.


Dede would be a gamble for United, but they have sufficient cover to ease him in and get him used to the rigorous nature of top flight English football.


Bringing a player straight form Brazil would be a gamble, but the young man had broad shoulders and should be able to bear the weight.

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