Liverpool and Manchester United set to battle for Brazilian

Brazilian defender Dede

Liverpool and Manchester United will both be trying to sign Brazilian centre-back Dede in the summer, according to the Mirror.

The 24-year-old is rapidly becoming one of the best defenders in the Brasileirao Serie A, and is expected to feature heavily in the 2014 World Cup.

Dede’s club, Vasco da Gama, have confirmed this week that he will have to be sold in the summer, due to financial issues. After being pursued by federal tax authorities for unpaid debts and bills, the club have hit huge financial problems, and will be forced to sell Dede in a bid to avoid liquidation. Vasco director general Cristiano Koehler confirmed this during the week:

We can’t mislead the fans, we will find it very difficult to hold on to Dede because the club needs the resources, and at some point it will happen. We have to prioritise the payment of wages, taxes and federal agreements, so it is inevitable we will have to sell.

The Brazilian is expected to be sold for £15million, with Juventus and Benfica both making enquiries along with the two English giants. Liverpool believe they are leading the race to his signature, after spending the last 12 months building a strong relationship with the private investment group that have a 55 per cent share in Dede.

The 6ft 3in defender would fit Brendan Rodgers’ criteria, as he is a young international with plenty of promise for the future. Meanwhile Dede will currently focus just on international duties, and is expected to feature in a friendly against Italy on Friday.

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