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Liverpool & Man Utd Linked With £15m-Rated Brazilian

Manchester United and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head over the signing of £15m-rated defender Dede after Vasco da Gama admitted he could be sold this summer

Despite the transfer window being closed there is still plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Manchester United and Liverpool are tipped to battle for Dede.

Manchester United and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head over the signing of £15m-rated defender Dede after Vasco da Gama admitted he could be sold this summer, according to the Express.

The report claims the Premier League duo have been closely monitoring the 24-year-old’s progress in recent months with Dede understood to be putting in some impressive display’s at the back for Vasco.

However, the Brazilian outfits director, Cristiano Koehler, has admitted they might be forced to sell the imposing centre-back in order to alleviate the clubs financial situation and claims the player is keen to test himself abroad.

“We can’t mislead the fans, we will find it very difficult to hold on to Dede because the club needs the resources, at some point it will happen – by the middle of the year.

“The desire of all is that he stays, but we have to prioritise the payment of wages, taxes and federal agreements, so it is inevitable we will have to sell.

“So it is possible, in the middle of the year when the sale goes through, we can use the money to restructure the club and make it safe.

“The player is ambitious and he also wants to experience better opportunities abroad with better pay, and the partners in his ownership want to make the agreement now to develop their investment.

“We have a balance sheet we must meet, and we can’t hide the fact.” Koehler is quoted as saying by the Express

The Mail suggest United and Liverpool will now step up their interest in the summer with Sir Alex Ferguson and Brendan Rodgers expected to push for offers in the region of £15m, although the English giants may face competition from the likes of AC Milan, Juventus and Benfica who are also understood to be interested in the Brazilian international.

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But as is the case with a growing number of South American footballers, it seems a proportion of Dede is owned by a third party, with the newspaper claiming IDS Group will be due 45% of any sale fee which is likely to complicate transfer negotiations.

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