Liverpool & Manchester United Battle It Out For Highly Rated Brazilian Centre-Back

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Premier League sides set to make summer bids for Vasco Da Gama defender.

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Liverpool and Manchester United are monitoring the availability of Brazilian defender Dede according to The Mirror.

The 24-year old is currently plying his trade in the Brazilian leagues with Vasco Da Gama, but the club have admitted they may need to offload the player as they look to cure their financial problems.

Dede is set to form the foundation of the Brazilian defence in next summer’s World Cup but his club are being forced into selling the player after accumulating unpaid debts in federal taxes.

The centre-back is set to be one of the first to be shown the door as is thought able to command a transfer fee in the region of £15 million.

Manchester United are keen to bring in defensive reinforcements as they begin to prepare for life without ageing defensive partners Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. The pair have been hit by injuries in recent seasons and Old Trafford boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, is reportedly keen to ensure the club have alternative options to the duo.

Liverpool are also in the market for a centre-back, with club stalwart Jamie Carragher retiring at the end of the season and speculation continuing to swirl regarding the future of Martin Skrtel.

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