Liverpool look set to go head to head with arch rivals Manchester United in the pursuit of Brazilian international Dede, according to the Daily Mail.
Liverpool’s chief South American scout Diego Caniggia reportedly watched the 23-year-old score Vasco’s second goal in their 3-2 victory against Allianza Lima.
Dede is highly regarded in his native country, with the defender widely tipped to star when Brazil host the World Cup in 2014. His impressive performances have not gone unnoticed across Europe with the likes of Juventus and Besiktas also said to be monitoring the £15m rated player.
The burly Brazilian is widely considered as Rio Ferdinand’s long-term successor at Manchester United and speculation has intensified after it was revealed that he derives from the same area of Rio de Janeiro as twins Fabio and Rafael.
However, Dede has insisted that no formal offers have been made and he is entirely committed to his current club.
“No offer has come yet,” he told Globo Esporte.
“I was at the national team when a reporter asked me if I will join Juventus. I said I like them as they are a big European team, but at this point I am focused only on Vasco.”