Old Trafford boss keen on defender.
Sir Alex Ferguson is on the trail of one of South America’s top prospects after receiving glowing form reports on emerging Brazil defender Dede.
Vasco da Gama’s 23-year-old prospect hails from the same area of Rio de Janeiro as Manchester United twins Fabio and Rafael and has already been tipped by a rival club’s manager to be the cornerstone of Brazil’s back line at the next World Cup.
It is understood Ferguson has closely followed his progress in recent weeks and asked former United centre-back and current Brazil talent-spotter Jaap Stam to run the rule over him.
While the United manager considers a bid, he is aware of strong interest from Benfica, who are renowned for identifying South American talent at an early stage and have made Dede their top summer target.
Vasco’s perilous financial position leaves them vulnerable to offers, and United will be confident of outbidding Benfica, on personal terms as well as an asking price, for a player valued at around £15million.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
With Nemanja Vidic experiencing injury problems and Rio Ferdinand clearly nearing the end of his career a move for a new centre back makes a great deal of sense, not least because Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are probably more effective in full back and defensive midfield roles respectively.
Dede has been a consistent performer at Vasco da Gama and has collected a couple of national team caps as a result and having already brought in compatriots Rafael, Fabio and Anderson, perhaps Ferguson is keen to bring in another Brazilian to add more strength in depth to his Old Trafford squad.
Man United have conceded 26 goals in 26 Premier League matches, keeping just two clean sheets in their last eight Premier League matches and this may lead Ferguson to believe he needs to tighten things up at the back. There defensive frailties were perhaps even more obvious in Champions League action this term, where they only managed to register clean sheets against Otelul Galati.
Ferguson has seen his side crash out of the Champions League and seen their local rivals Man City threaten to take their Premier League crown so the Scot may well feel the need to bring in new additions this summer.